Higher education used to be very one-sided — professors lectured and students listened. Now, instructors are challenging students to engage in thought-provoking group dialogue. Learning environments are bending to this shift — becoming flexible, adaptable spaces that help turn today’s students into tomorrow’s corporate stars.
As Gen Y leaves the K-12 environment and packs its bags for universities across the country, it’s bringing with it a new education psychology and new requirements for the classroom. In response, furniture manufacturers are designing products that support these changes and act as a backdrop to boost effective learning.
For insight about trends impacting the A & D marketplace, Mark Paul, furniture director – Southwest Region, Office Depot, spoke with Beth Anne Graham, architect at Domokur Architects, a national architecture and design firm, about emerging trends in higher-education design.
Blame it on the Internet, mobile devices or upbringing. But the fact is, today’s college students don’t attend class to receive information.