Beyond active learning: Transformation of the learning space

Posted on February 15th, 2016

Mark Valenti, president and CEO of The Sextant Group, discusses how learning spaces are evolving. New learning spaces, he notes, are occurring as a result of the evolving “ecosystem of education,” including changing student demographics, technology advances, economic pressures on higher education, and increasing demands from employers. Employers and educators are now putting more focus on competencies such as teamwork, communication, and critical thinking. Valenti argues that learning spaces need to support students in developing these skills. As the millennial generation arrives on campuses, they are compelling higher education leaders to communicate and educate in ways that meet their needs. Valenti suggests that, “the next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—and add the capability of creating and making.”