Stephen Heppell on good spaces for learning.

We recently hosted Professor Stephen Heppell who talked about the importance of creating learning spaces which are conducive to learning. 

Professor Heppell concentrated on a few simple tricks schools can use to improve the learning spaces they have, even without much financial investment.

  1. Light: yes, it is important to make sure you have the correct light bulbs but simple things as getting more natural light in is also important.
  2. Noise: noise absorbing panels might be needed but also hanging umbrellas upside down (students can bring their own and decorate them) can also be an efficient tool
  3. Temperature and humidity: open the windows and ensure that the temperature is between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. To reduce humidity, avoid rugs.
  4. CO2: as you can imagine rooms full of people can have high levels of CO2. perhaps you can put some plants in the room.

you can watch the full talk here: https://vimeo.com/255193167/da2e6ac001

with some examples of schools which have tried some of these tricks.

 

 

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