A Case for Space

Hear how design thinking is transforming classrooms and learning spaces around the world from Sean Corcorran, General Manager of Steelcase Education Solutions.

Active Learning Sessions from LHRIC


Redefining Learning Spaces [PPT ONLINE]. S. Martabano. NYSCATE, Fall 2015.
PhilaU Active Learning Symposium, Summer 2016. Make Your Own: Active Learning Room Diagram

Infographics & Job Aids

The Science of Classroom Design. USC Rossier School of Education.
Consider Your Classroom Readiness for Active Learning.Excerpt thinking matrix from forthcoming "Get Active - Your Turn Workbook" from ISTE & Steelcase Education. (Anticipated publication date, unknown.)


Visualizing 21st Century Classroom Design. Edutopia, March 29, 2016.
The Classroom Evolved by Bridget McCrea, THE Journal, January 2012.
Beyond Active Learning by Mark S. Valenti, Educause, June 2015.
4 Ways Furnishings Can Enhance the 21st Century Classroom. THE Journal, April/May 2016.
5 Lessons Newmark School Can Teach Us about Outfitting the Classroom. THE Journal, June 2014.
Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools. THE Journal, January 2013.


Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success. Published by ISTE with support from Intel and Steelcase Education, this guidebook helps today’s educators make sense of the shifting landscape in modern education. (Webinar with authors hosted by Teacher Engage - Intel.)
From the Campfire to the Holodeck, by David Thornburg.
Productive Work Group by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Sandi Everlove.
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by S. Doorley & S. Witthoft (2012)

Research & Whitepapers

The Active Learning Continuum. Center for Digital Ed, 2016. Results from recent CDE survey and strategies for moving forward for districts and schools. "86% of education leaders say active learning improves learning outcomes."
Horizon Report 2015 K-12 Edition - Interim Results Page 3. "Mid-term Trends" accelerating K-12 Ed Tech Adoption - Redesigning Learning Spaces & Increasing Use of Collaborative Learning Approaches (final due June 2016).
Technology Empowered Learning: Six Spatial Insights. Steelcase Education.
Active Learning Spaces Whitepaper. Steelcase Education.
Policy Paper: Designing Classroom Space to Better Support 21st Century Learning.McGraw-Hill Research Foundation.
Mobile Classroom Furniture: Enhancing 21st Century Learning; Fostering Collaboration. SmithSystems Manufacturer.
Furniture for 21st Century Schools. LS3P Research (December 4, 2012).

Thinking about Active Learning Spaces in Your Organization?

The LHRIC Instructional Technology team created these "checklists" as resources for schools and districts exploring the future of active learning spaces, classrooms, and environments in their community.

checklist for envisioning learning spaces
checklist for it's all about the accessories
checklist for designing sessions
checklist for 1st year opening be prepared to...
checklist for leading sessions

The ALC's Learning Zones & Furniture

sharing studio zone icon
collaboratory zone icon
reflection lounge zone icon
knowledge kiosk zone icon

The ALC's Technology

Technical systems configuration schematic design by S. Jones, OneVision Solutions. Extron touch panel GUI design and specification design by R. Hall, LHRIC.

Added Spring 2016:

  • 2 AppleTVs

  • 2 Chromecasts

control panel interface showing the startup screen in the LHRIC active learning center

Questions and Feedback | |

Randy Hall | Senior Facilitator, Instructional Technology | | (914) 922-3356