Flexible Learning Environments
Break-down traditional classroom barriers with environments that promote critical thinking, problem solving and inter-disciplinary collaboration.
A flexible learning environment takes aspects of two or more spaces and combines them to produce a fluid experience that breaks down traditional classroom barriers. This provides an immersive experience, where the student can engage with relevant course content, whilst the teacher is free to engage with individuals or groups.
The technologies used should act as a supplement to these spaces, rather than being used as a direct teaching method. For example in a 'live lab', repeater screens display content, without breaking the flow of the session, allowing teachers to guide students rather than employing a 'traditional' direct teaching. This promotes critical thinking, problem solving and gives students the chance to work and learn in real-world scenarios.
Students at the University of Huddersfield are already reaping the benefits of flexible learning spaces. Art and Design students in the Barbara Hepworth building find themselves working in an immersive environment, where the practical and digital meet to create a 'live gallery'. Applied Sciences students carry out their lessons in real laboratories, which allows them to gain vital real-work experience, whilst the teacher is able to deliver lesson content with an unbroken lesson flow.