The Impact of Pedagogical and Technological Innovation on Space Planning

Topics: Capacity Planning, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs, Space Utilization, Facilities and Operations, Administration and Finance, Major Gifts and Campaign Strategy, Advancement

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Research Questions

  • What spaces have institutions developed for undergraduate active learning? 
  • What percentages of undergraduate courses are taught in large lecture halls, active learning studios, classrooms, and labs?
  • What percentage of undergraduate courses are hybrid?
  • How will course delivery change in the next ten years?


Developments in instructional technology and pedagogical techniques have disrupted traditional classroom design models. This report discusses implementations of active learning classrooms, team-based learning lecture halls, and informal learning spaces. Approaches to classroom space allocation and construction and to tracking the number of hybrid courses are also considered.