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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Thursday, June 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
CON06.09 - Physical spaces shape head spaces: Transforming teaching practices (Sponsored by STEELCASE - 2015 Gold Sponsor)

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An industrial model of spatial and behavioral conditioning and the corresponding didactic teaching practices that they promote has been education’s norms for over a century . Today, multiple, diverse and powerful forces are pushing higher education to reconsider how to make teaching practice more effective. In this session, we will explore how our physical spaces need to change to promote new modes of teaching and learning and share examples of how new active learning spaces have changed both the “how” and the “what” of learning. We will then engage participants in an interactive session using the Steelcase Design Thinking Protocol that progresses from “Know” to “Wonder” to “Learn”. First, we will engage you in a discussion of what you already KNOW: (1) think back to a time you did your best work, (2) think back to a powerful learning e xperience, (3) where do you believe your students do their best learning, and (4) can you describe in detail what physical space(s) you were in for each? We will then pose the question, “WHAT DO YOU WONDER?” If you believe education is about learning, what responsibility do we have as educators and/or education administrators to focus on how best to foster learning instead of how to promote teaching? Finally, we will end with WHAT DID YOU LEARN about what you can do next? This form of intention setting helps to translate ideas into action, and to change our headspace so we can make progress in transforming teaching practice.


Scott-Webber, L. (2004). In_sync: Environment behavior theory and the design of learning places. MI: The Society for College and University Planning.

Hackett, J. P. (2007). Preparing for the perfect product launch. Harvard Business Review, pp 45-50

This session is sponsored by STEELCASE (2015 Gold Sponsor)





Thursday June 18, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Salon 1

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