I work in an office where people collaborate, share information, solve problems, and laugh. At times, it can be unpredictable and loud. Though it’s not a typical office, I think our workspace was designed with purpose-to enable teamwork and collaboration.
As an instructional designers one of the most common questions I get from instructors is 'how do I motivate my students so they want to learn, not just get the grade?' The article "Creating a Culture of 'Can,'" by Terry Heick provides some solutions to empowering student learning.
Universal instructional design is a method whereby space is reconfigured and constructed to create a learning environment that is generative and allows students with disabilities to be effective participants in the classroom.
In the first part of their research project, Whiteside, Brooks and Walker explored how formal (classroom) spaces influence instructor and learner behaviour. In the second part of their research project, they explored how informal environments influence student learning.
As the internet continues to become more prevalent in our daily functions, we need to make choices that extend beyond the boundaries of a classroom and decide which instructional strategies and teaching methods will most appropriately help our students master the skills and knowledge required to be successful 21st century learners.
Do classrooms influence instructor and student behaviour? Can learning spaces be designed to enhance student learning? These are questions that Whiteside, Brooks, and Walker explore in their essay “Making the Case for Space: Three Years of Empirical Research on Learning Environments”.
If education is our aim, we—the instructors—need to monitor how we can improve our classrooms so they align with best practices in learning space design, current educational research, and learner-and-instructor expectations.
It's hard to deny that mobile technology has the ability to revolutionize education, but how you use the tools is more important than just introducing the tools in your classroom. Check out "A Quick Guide on Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for IPad."
Do you learn differently now than you did as a child or youth? Andragogy, or the theory of adult learning, outlines the needs of adult students. Considering andragogy while designing learning can lead to a more engaging and learner-centered environment.