5 Reasons to Implement Active Learning Environments
- 17th June 2021
- Anthony Bowie
Author: Dr. Christina Counts
There is a clear shift from traditional pedagogy to a focus on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning. As the demands of college and careers have also changed, these skills have become critical for students to be successful in their future endeavors.
Active learning environments are better suited to support the development of these skill sets than traditional classrooms, with flexible furniture, opportunities for voice and choice, and the implementation of engaging education technology. Research also supports a transition to active learning environments, revealing students’ satisfaction with learning environments that utilize flexible furniture and suggesting that these environments improve community development among students and teachers. These learning environments can be a dynamic addition to your school, supporting student engagement and academic achievement.
Here are five reasons to implement active learning environments in your school:
When designing a learning environment, it’s impossible to know what pedagogy trends and technology will be used in schools just five years from now. Implementing active learning environments that allow for easier transitions in curriculum and classroom tools support changing learning needs in the future.
Flexible functionality of redesigned learning spaces allows for reconfiguration of the space throughout the day or over longer periods of time. This enables the learning environment to support varying learning objectives, collaborative needs, and assignment types.
Active learning environments allow brainstorming, collaboration, and a variety of meeting configurations that reflect modern campuses and workplaces. Learning to navigate and successfully utilize these types of learning environments helps to prepare students to enter similar higher ed and work environments in the future.
Active learning environments give students voice and choice to facilitate how they learn best and promote ownership of their learning. Personalization and having options can help drive student engagement and academic achievement while allowing students to work at their own pace.
Activities in active learning environments foster the development of the four C’s: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Students also build critical social and emotional skills and technical abilities while learning in these environments.
To learn more about implementing active learning environments, read our Guide to Creating Dynamic Active Learning Spaces.
*includes insights on how to purchase active learning environments with COVID Federal Funding
Dr. Christina Counts, VP of Strategy and Development for MiEN Environments, is a proven leader with a successful background in transforming learning spaces to modern engaging learning environments. Dr. Counts has worked in education for over 17 years with experience as a classroom teacher, district instructional leader, school administrator, and digital and innovative learning designer. In her most recent position, Christina leads a team of professionals that support schools making the transition to a flexible, collaborative, & student-centered learning space. She holds a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership, National Board-certified, and Google & Apple certified. Dr. Counts envisions a learning space in which educators are empowered to transform education through design, technology and innovative instructional pedagogy to create learners ready for any future!