Learning Spaces

Teaching and learning occur in many contexts and physical spaces across Elon’s campus, including classrooms, common spaces in academic/administrative buildings and residence halls, meeting spaces, and more. Elon prides itself on providing its students with excellent facilities that support our values of engaged learning, the teacher-scholar-mentor model, and fostering an intellectual climate.

The classroom of the future is changing because of new pedagogical approaches, the use of technology, trends in flipped instruction that impact in-class activities, and the expectations of faculty and students. The 2016 Horizon Report for Higher Education indicates the Redesigning of Learning Spaces as a key trend driving ed tech adoption in higher education (New Media Consortium, 2016). In addition, Elon’s emphasis on engaged learning and intellectual climate within the context of a residential campus creates the opportunity and potential for all physical spaces to be learning spaces. As we think about learning spaces of the future, there is a great need for partnership across departments to gather feedback from faculty and students, identify current needs, outline future needs, and develop a vision for learning spaces across campus.

To forge these partnerships, a Learning Spaces Workgroup (LSW) was established. This group aims to create and support spaces that have the potential to transform the student experience in learning environments across campus. In addition, the Instructional and Campus Technologies Strategic Plan (2015-2019) places a focus on learning spaces in section 1.5.

What is this site for?

In an effort to better support Elon faculty, staff, and students as they utilize learning spaces across campus, this site will serve as a living repository of resources. These resources currently or will include:

  • Featurettes of exemplary learning spaces across campus
  • Research-supported pedagogical and classrom management strategies 
  • Tutorials on how to identify spaces on campus to meet your needs
  • Information about the Learning Spaces Workgroup and their work