Learning Space Design with Lennie Scott-Webber

Learning space design is the topic of the podcast today. I speak with Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber. She is a leading thinker on the evolution of what we know about learning, the learner, and the learning space. Dr. Lennie has pioneered research strategies addressing how the built environment impacts student engagement factors and learner success.

Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber has served as the Founding Director of Education Environments at Steelcase and as a Principle researcher for the DLR group and VS America.

This podcast will help you think about designing learning spaces from the inside out. As always we’ll be continuing this conversation in Modern Learners Community. You’re invited to sign in or sign up!

Last week I spoke to Tom VanderArk about Place Based Education. If you haven’t listened yet, take in both shows now.

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2 thoughts on “Learning Space Design with Lennie Scott-Webber”

  1. Loved the podcast – I’ve become a total believer in making learning spaces fresh, flexible, basically different from what nearly every human on the planet would draw if asked to sketch a school classroom. Happened in my case totally by chance – our campus has lots of buildings and I’ve moved office (and classrooms) from here to there as programs have developed and changed. I’m on my third (and largest) renovation of learning spaces, this time a whole chalet style building with six unique rooms.

    Along the way I’ve discovered two basic things: (1) the bar is very low – a concerted effort at creating new learning spaces will probably result in something better, so go for it, and (2) students and faculty love spaces that are alternatives to traditional classrooms and they start to use them if they are there. The space affects our attitude, our collaboration, our sense of community. As Dr. Scott-Webber says in the intro, “Space matters.”

    1. Missy

      Thanks so much for listening Paul! Space is never neutral!

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