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Online Course on Learning Spaces: Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms

February 5, 2018

How do you approach learning space design at your school? What does it mean to design brain-friendly classrooms? Conversations around learning space design are happening in schools and districts across the country. If you’ve thought about diving deeper into this topic or are entirely brand new to the concept, there is a new online course on learning spaces titled, Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms!

Online Course on Learning Spaces

You might already be familiar with the work of Dr. Robert Dillon, co-author of The Space: A Guide for Educators and Redesigning Learning Spaces. I’m very excited to share his new online, self-paced course hosted on the Participate platform. It’s designed for educators at all levels of instruction and uses the driving question, “How can I bring greater synergy between the pedagogical, digital, and physical spaces in my classroom?”

Learning space design isn’t a trend or a buzzword. It is an essential component of creating classrooms that are ready to support students throughout their educational career. I had the chance to talk with Dr. Dillon at FETC this year and chat about his new course with Participate. After diving into the course materials myself, I can definitely say that any educator who signs up for Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms will walk away with lots of actionable information for their classroom and their school.

Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms

This online course is entirely self-paced for teachers. So you can move through the ten lessons on your own time, at your own pace. The lessons also include a video clip with an explanation of a concept followed by curated resources. You’ll also find moments to reflect on your learning and current practice along with short assignments. Once you complete the coursework, you’ll earn a badge from Participate and CEUs if approved by your school.

 If you’ve thought about diving deeper into this topic or are entirely brand new to the concept, there is a new online course on learning spaces titled, Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms!

Why am I excited about online courses for teachers? Instead of sitting through one-size-fits-all professional development, a self-paced online course like Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms lets educators at all levels take more ownership of their learning. It’s perfect for personalized professional learning. Whether you are choosing learning design as an area of focus this school year or simply curious about what it means to create a brain-friendly classroom.

Who is this course for? If you are a classroom teacher interested in learning space design and creating engaging environments for your students, this course is for you. If you are a building administrator looking to redesign learning spaces across your school, you’ll want to sign up. You might also want to recommend this course to a committee of educators and community members who are taking on the task of redesigning learning spaces to create brain-friendly classrooms.

Learning Space Design

To enroll in Dr. Dillon’s new course Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms, head over to the course landing page hosted on Participant’s course platform. On this page, you’ll find a full course description, course objectives, and more information. Once you sign up for the course, you can dive into the resources right away. Then you can move through the lessons at your own pace, when you have time – perfect for busy educators.

Head over to the Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms course page to learn more!

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2 Responses to “Online Course on Learning Spaces: Designing Brain-Friendly Classrooms”

  1. Interesting article. It is an interesting idea. From the point of view of psychology, correctly chosen colors and material in the design of the class can positively influence the learning process. Also, the correct planning of workspace of the classroom is important. In our schools, all classes design and build the same way. The main task is to place all students in the classroom and that it would be convenient for the teacher to teach them. But no one pays much attention to the selection of colors in the design. Personally, I do not understand why this is missed. For example, when designing apartments, professional designers understand the effect of color on the comfort of residents of an apartment or house. Why then is it missed when designing and building educational institutions? After all, with soft colors in the design help create a more relaxed atmosphere. This can help many students focus more on learning. Personally, I think that we need to more reasonably approach the design of classrooms.

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