When it comes to planning the design of learning spaces it is vital that the people who will be using the space are kept in mind. An article published online on the Times Higher Education site pointed about that “Part of the problem is that decisions about the design of learning space are not always made by those with recent experience of teaching or studying in classrooms.” The focus is often on technology and how the outside of the building looks rather than the actual teaching space.
A well-planned learning environment can potentially increase student’s productivity and affect well-being as well as creativity. Research has been carried out which found factors such as the colour of the walls, the level of natural light and the temperature can have an impact on things from motivation to student’s energy levels.
A 2006 study published in the ‘College Student Journal’ found that using certain colours in a learning environment increased productivity by between 5 and 10%.
A 2006 study published in the ‘College Student Journal’ found that using certain colours in a learning environment increased productivity by between 5 and 10%. Bright colours are thought to promote ‘mental alertness and activity’. While cooler shades of green are said to have a calming effect and blues encourage tranquillity. So no excuses for boring magnolia walls in schools then!
While not all learning institutions have the budget for a complete redesign or overhaul of their learning spaces, a few small changes such as investing in new desks or furniture for dining areas can make a huge positive impact on a student’s well-being.
Here at Ultimate we specialise in designing learning spaces and work closely with architects and designers as well as those who will use the space to ensure that the design enhances a student’s experience and provides a flexible teaching environment. Teaching methods are constantly evolving and changing and we make sure we are up to date with the latest trends. With 10 years of experience in the sector we understand what works in a learning environment and what doesn’t.
Take a look at our Case Study section to see some of the projects we have undertaken including Leeds City College and The University of Nottingham.
Posted November 11, 2014