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A new generation of space in higher education

There is a growing convergence between the modern corporate workplace and learning environments

Should learning environments drive workplaces, or the other way around?

The answer is neither. Societal shifts, developments in technology, and a range of real world events are forces driving change. In response, progressive corporations have moved to distributed workplaces, allowing them to remain adaptable to business change.

New teaching and learning methods must be addressed

Likewise, higher education is increasing its emphasis on providing appropriate environments to meet new teaching and learning methods. These trends toward distributed work and blended learning experiences are converging to create a broader landscape of special settings.

Haworth has explored this area with Andrew Harrison, previously Global Head of Learning Environments for DEGW and now a world-renowned education sector expert and author of Design for the Changing Educational Landscape: Space, Place and the Future of Learning. The research has focused on developing design guidelines for blended learning experiences.

This Haworth White Paper presents an overview of the discussion paper, A New Generation of Space in Higher Education, outlining the research as well as some design tips for one key space: the learning studio.

A New Generation of Space in Higher Education