Designing Spaces for Effective Learning – a Guide to 21st century Learning Space Design


An educational building is an expensive long-term resource. The design of its individual spaces needs to be:

•     Flexible – to accommodate both current and evolving pedagogies
•     Future-proofed – to enable space to be re-allocated and reconfigured
•     Bold – to look beyond tried and tested technologies and pedagogies
•     Creative – to energise and inspire learners and tutors
•     Supportive – to develop the potential of all learners
•     Enterprising – to make each space capable of supporting different purposes

A learning space should be able to motivate learners and promote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide a personalised and inclusive environment, and be flexible in the face of changing needs. The part technology plays in achieving these aims is the focus of this guide.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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