Emphasis on architecture a "hugely disruptive" moment in education

October 24, 2014

The Globe and Mail has published an article that highlights the impact that the innovative use of space can have on education. Some universities are turning to flexible, active learning classrooms, as well as informal study spaces and atriums that serve as gathering spaces and classrooms. Charlotte Yates, Dean of Social Sciences at McMaster University, describes this emphasis on space as a “hugely disruptive” moment in education that “has the potential to be enormously positive for how we engage in education with students.” Technology is an important driver, as PSE institutions try to accommodate smartphones and tablets. However, the emphasis need not be technological: even things as simple as moveable desks and an abundance of whiteboards for group work can make a big difference. Globe and Mail