Thursday, May 12, 2011
I need to give a hat tip to the Legal Writing Professor listserv for this interesting article on classroom design. If your law school is doing a renovation project, you may find this concept of interest.
Steven G. Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Law and Finance at the UMSL College of Business Administration, shared information on a unique classroom concept being used at UMSL. The classrooms have flexible-seating and the latest high-tech capabilities. Their design creates an atmosphere that has positive results for student engagement and learning as well as for instructor course design. You can read the article that is published in the EDUCAUSE Quarterly entitled The Space Is the Message: First Assessment of a Learning Studio.
We have a classroom attached to the ASP suite here at Texas Tech which has flexible seating and all the technology of our other classrooms as well as lots of whiteboards. However, what UMSL has done is far more innovative than our budget allowed. Kudos to UMSL!
I think this design will go into my "wish list" folder for whenever we get another building expansion. Maybe you can incorporate some of the ideas in a renovation coming your way. (Amy Jarmon)