Aug 2018

Open School

New Design Directions in Learning Environments

By Michael B. Horn

Design Museum Magazine, Winter 2018

Disruption is coming to education in the form of new learning space designs that upend the traditional classroom as we know it.

These new blended-learning models, which mix online learning where each student has some control over the time, place, path, and pace of their learning with brick-and-mortar schools, are advancing fast. The most disruptive of them invite us to rethink the use of time and space in learning along several dimensions, including personalization, access and equity, and productivity.

This is exciting. But there are caveats. And one of the biggest caveats revolves around space — namely the physical design of schools themselves.



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