• Type: Whitepaper
  • Date: August 2017

Space Activates Content and Technology

Proper architecture and learning-space design create the optimal environment for AV experiences, thereby maximizing their effect on learning. Open floor plans with integrated screens and sound, partitions that define learning spaces, flexible seating configurations and movable digital displays all contribute to welcoming and energizing spaces that keep students engaged and productive.

Visual stimulation and sound from large and small screens grab attention as they broadcast what students, visitors and faculty are working on. Digital signage and interactive videowalls that include campus and local events create more opportunities for students to engage with information, connect with one another and the community.

Examples of institutions that are maximizing the educational potential of space include:

  • The atrium and public spaces at The Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary are in constant use, especially when projects are due. Students reconfigure spaces, using five or six tables and movable screens to work together. Each space in the building can be reconfigured to suit the purpose it needs to play. This level of flexibility changes how students and faculty interact.
  • The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University offers different spaces for different kinds of research. For example, the Teaching and Visualization Lab provides spaces for users to come together within and across different departments to visualize complex data and unique problems. It features moveable seating, multiple projection options and the capability to engage remote participants and several data sources.