21st century classroom design cultivates collaboration
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21st century classroom design cultivates collaboration


>>Narrator Leon Sheen, UH student: This is
not your parents’ college classroom: easy to move, comfortable, flexible furniture that
allows for multiple seating and standing options; walls and walls of white boards and sliding
plexiglass surfaces to write on; the latest technologies for content display and sharing;
bright rooms filled with natural light, ample outlets and a lot of space to move around
in. This is the new innovation zone in Sakamaki Hall on the University of Hawaii at Manoa
campus and it consists of three different classroom spaces.>>Reed Dasenbrock, UH Manoa Vice Chancellor
of Academic Affairs: It’s really a different kind of space in which you are invited to
participate, you’re invited to be active and the old classroom has really been turned
inside out.>>Narrator: Thanks to the faculty driven
designs, the active teacher, passive student model, a professor lecturing to students seated
in rows of fixed seats, is gone.>>Dasenbrock: The design of this classroom,
which is so different, is intent to model what learning really is like, which is learning
does not take place by sitting and listening to the professor, but by the professor designing
an environment in which students have to do things.>>Rod Labrador, UH Manoa Ethnic studies professor:
It forces me to be a little more creative in what I am doing. It forces me to come up
with activities that utilize the space. It forces me to be, to be all clichéd, think
outside of the box.>>Narrator: The classrooms are designed to
easily incorporate group work and collaboration that can be quickly shared and discussed with
the entire class.>>Kaliko Baker, UH Manoa Hawaiian language
instructor: Working together and using it in class would lead to more of their own grasping
and ownership of the material.>>Anuenue Purcell, UH Manoa student: Personally,
I feel like I learn more from discussion and things that other students or other perspectives.>>Ruben Campos, UH Manoa student: I learn
better talking through things, which this space gives that opportunity.>>Narrator: That’s why the new classrooms
spaces were designed with comfort and agility in mind: to be more like a living room or
café instead of a classroom from the 1960s.>>Campos: The chairs, you can actually sit
on the back of the chair.>>Purcell: Everyone is a little bit more
comfortable and relaxed.>>Campos: The circular chairs are nice for
getting different people to actually speak up in class.>>Labrodor: They’re sitting on the ground,
others are standing up. It allows them a certain amount of freedom.>>Narrator: It’s all part of UH Manoa’s
movement towards agility in education to create more engaged opportunities to teach and learn.
It also advances the larger UH System initiative to develop 21st century facilities across
the ten campuses.

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