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Tuesday
Sep202016

Five Keys to Developing Strong Interactive Learning Environments

Columbia College, Image © Gensler

Modern campus life is evolving to align with a rapidly changing workplace. Dorms are no longer bunkbeds and shared kitchens, but rather extensions of the learning environment, with spaces meant to encourage collaboration and cross-pollination. The expectations of these living/learning environments have radically shifted in recent years. Academia is also seeing major shifts as the walled, one-directional, sage-on-stage pedagogy that has driven classroom design for so long has become outdated as a mode of communication for teachers and students.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Beyond Business School: How innovation Is Filling the Education/Workplace Divide

At The University of Kansas’s new School of Business, Capitol Federal Hall, teachers and students use a multitude of public and private spaces to meet, collaborate and learn. Image by Garrett Rowland

The Value Of Entrepreneurialism

In recent years workforce needs have shifted to value entrepreneurial skills, with education gradually reflecting this shift. Entrepreneurship reaches far beyond the concept of creating a business. Rather, it is a mind-set that looks for opportunities and answers to critical challenges. Understanding how to prepare all students, not just budding tycoons, for the current work landscape is essential when designing for education, and transformative for its landscape too.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Incubating Entrepreneurs at UC San Diego’s Basement

The Basement at UCSD before and after, Image © Gensler

It’s been over a year since Gensler helped UC San Diego transform an underutilized rehearsal studio into a thriving campus hub for burgeoning student entrepreneurs. Dubbed “the Basement” by Armin Afsahi, UC San Diego’s then chief alumni officer who sponsored the initiative, this once overlooked space now brings students, alumni and local business leaders together to nurture new enterprise and spur innovation. Gensler’s Tom Heffernan recently spoke with Gloria Negrete, the Basement’s Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, to find out how things are going.

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Thursday
Sep152016

Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs 

Students at work in the new Applied Science Center at Ventura College. Image © Gensler

The labor market continues to demand a more skilled workforce, and it is estimated that by 2020, 65 percent of job openings will require some level of post-secondary education. While demand is growing for middle-skill workers, the number of graduates at this level does not meet the need and has resulted in a growing “skills gap.” Community Colleges are positioned to fill this gap by providing employers with a better skilled workforce while restoring economic opportunity for more workers.

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Monday
Aug222016

Lo-Fi Museum Moments in a Digital World

Traffic Museum © Alexia Uriarte, courtesy of Gensler.

Museums are increasingly embracing digital technology to create more immersive and interactive experiences for their visitors. But at what cost? As designers, do we need to step back and look at these interactive “experiences,” and ensure that we are incorporating “slow” moments for reflection and contemplation? As museum planners and designers, how do we strike a balance between educating and entertaining, reflecting and engaging?

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