January 20, 2018

Designing learning spaces in an online world: student contest

image  State University of New York

image State University of New York

Christianson, R. (2014) Herman Miller Video Contest Studies Learning Environments Woodworking Network, February 2

In a previous post, I highlighted the approach of Steelcase, an office furniture manufacturer, to the design of learning spaces. Another office furniture maker, Herman Miller Inc.,┬áis asking college students to answer the question, “Why does your campus matter?” in its fifth annual Student Video Contest. In particular they are asking students to:

show why attending a bricks and mortar educational institution is relevant in the world of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other online educational opportunities in a video of up to 3 minutes. In addition, entrants are encouraged to “make a case for space” in creatively demonstrat[ing] how they use all forms of digital communications in their individual and collaborative studies.

There is also quite a funny student video from last year’s contest. Stick with it to the end – it’s less than three minutes.

These are really interesting questions to ask, and I suspect that students will come up with probably more interesting ideas than faculty on this – however, all faculty and instructors should be thinking about this now, so why not work with some of your students to enter this contest?


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