RE: What's new in classroom configurations

From: David Preiss (
Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 11:34:35 PST

Are we talking about Cognitive Ergonomics here?
It is kind of surprising that these learning environments have not been
developed yet, taking in consideration all what has been made in other
arenas of design.

David Preiss
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile:
PACE Center at Yale University:
Phone: 56-2-3547174
Fax: 56-2-354-4844

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Subject: Re: What's new in classroom configurations

What I am waiting for is a dymamic seating / learning environment that
can adapt to different learning situations.

A singular seat with a top (room inside for belongings would be great)
that could be easily moved. They could be lined left to right and front
to back for large presentations or lectures. They could be moved next to

each other (tabletop to tabletop) for partner work. It would also be
nice to set them up in pods of 4 to six at times. Another advantage of
such a design is when more activity is needed they can be stacked on top

of each other against the wall.

Now, that would be revolutionary!

Email: willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at

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