The Academic Workplace: A Place for Deep Thinking, Collaboration and Connecting
The recent SCUP conference offered many opportunities to hear college and university leaders discuss how they continue to evolve the learning landscape. Academic learning environments are often seen, at first glance, through the lens of the classroom. Although instructional space provides students with opportunities for rich experiences, it only accounts for a fraction of the space on a typical campus.
Faculty and administrator workspace is a sizable but, at times, overlooked variable in the broader equation of the student experience.
By taking a closer look at the purpose of a workplace on campus, it’s possible to see how we can continue to improve the learning landscape not only through how we learn, but also through how we work.
What Active Learning Has in Common with Today’s Engaged Workplaces
Last week I attended the annual SCUP conference where the subject of active learning was vigorously discussed. Active learning means that instead of faculty and other teachers didactically transferring information to students and hoping that they learn something, students take more active responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. Active learning realigns the relationship between students and faculty as well as among student peer groups, and it also assumes that students are renegotiating the spatial and virtual learning environment in new ways. More importantly, as students increasingly become familiar with this type of learning experience, they will be more prepared to work in some of the most progressive organizations that are embracing new workplace paradigms.