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Module 4: Developing learner-centered indoor and outdoor environments

In this module, you will study how to 

  • involve learners into designing their learning environment;
  • understand what learners really need and adjust teaching to that;
  • be playful and relaxed during the development process.
The CREATE Framework: Learning Environments to Develop Creativity. Center for Childhood Creativity, 2018. 
CREATE stands for Child-Directed, Risk-Friendly, Exploratory and Active environments providing Time for Imagination and enhancing the Exchange of Ideas. We especially recommend the chapter "Related and Notable Studies" (pages 15–19) which explain the foundations of the framework.

The video Indoor Environment Program at the University of Jyväskylä (4 min 5 sec) shows how a student cafeteria was transformed into a multi-purpose learning and recreational space for students. 

We also recommend the following short articles:
Design Thinking for Educators is a toolkit that makes teachers, students and other actors of school communities and municipalities aware of their role in renewing learning environments. The below video explains the main elements of the Design Thinking mindset (source, product of IDEO).


Read the post What is Design Thinking? and watch the following videos about the design process:


Further, watch three short videos about different challenges and solutions presented by teachers: MaggieMichael and Patrick

What would be your pedagogical challenge that you would like to share? Have you found a solution? Are you experimenting with something new? Do you plan to change something? Tell in a short (30–60 second long) video, and upload it to this forum!

You can record your video with very simple tools, e.g. with the selfie camera of your phone or the in-built camera of your laptop. The maximum file size you can download here is 250 MB.