Re: What's new in classroom configurations

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 12:13:52 PST

I have a favorite classroom on the UCSD campus which I use in just the way
that Nate is waiting for. It can seat 40 comfortably. The chairs are all mobile
and in fact stacked between uses. There are two neighboring rooms with
modular tables. I use it to dynamically rearrange the geography of
the classrom between and within sessions. It is great, but I am afraid
to others
will find me out!

On Wed, 2 Mar 2005 16:34:35 -0300, David Preiss <> wrote:
> 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
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> 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!
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