Education has changed dramatically in recent years. As an example, we are increasingly moving towards blended learning, which is a mix of different teaching methods such as traditional classes and e-learning. This innovative approach to education challenges our lecturers and students to interact with the physical learning environment in new ways. How do we promote this on the campus and in our buildings?
We create our buildings and campuses with more than just one generation of students in mind. We therefore strive to include a flexible layout in all aspects of a building’s design, so that the educational facilities can grow in line with future wishes and needs. The UvA aims to offer high-quality education. As part of an initiative called Future Learning, the UvA is collaborating with an educationalist who contributes ideas on the future use of learning environments. This input will help the university to anticipate the education of the future.
The topic of buildings and campuses ties in with the university’s vision on teaching and learning, as the UvA aims to offer its staff and students a rich and dedicated learning and working environment: an environment in which they can reach their full potential. In addition to transferring knowledge, the pursuits of experimentation, innovation and creativity are essential in engaging and motivating staff and students. The UvA develops campuses and buildings to facilitate this educational experience.
All faculties are already experimenting with various teaching methods and new classroom layouts. The experience has shown that innovative learning spaces effectively facilitate teaching and learning. At the same time, the spaces themselves promote educational innovation. In these learning spaces, lecturers are using teaching methods that stimulate collaboration and active learning. The expertise from Future Learning provides faculties with advice and support in developing these learning spaces. Naturally, this is taking place in close cooperation with Facility Services.
To find out more about future learning, please contact Jet Bierman, educationalist on the Real Estate Development team, by calling 0031653237329 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to help you.
An educational space should not only fit in with the education that is given, but should also inspire to experiment.