Essential Texts

Resources about the design and use of Learning Spaces.

Learning Spaces Design

Baepler, P., Brooks, C., & Walker, J.D. (2014) Active learning spaces. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. 137, Spring 2014.

Beichner, R. J., & Saul, J. M. (2003). Introduction to the SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs Project. Available online at:

Beichner, R., Saul, J., Abbott, D., Morse, J., Deardorff, D., Allain, R. et al. (2007). Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) project. In: E. Redish & P. Cooney (Eds), Research-based reform of university physics (pp. 1–42). College Park, MD: American Association of Physics Teachers.

Brooks, D. C. 2011. “Space Matters: The Impact of Formal Learning Environments on student learning.” British Journal of Educational Technology 42 (5): 719–726.

Brooks, D. C. 2012. “Space and consequences: the impact of different formal learning spaces on instructor and student behavior.” Journal of Learning Spaces 1 (2).

Jisc (2016). “Eight inspirational learning spaces – from Digifest speaker, Andrew Harrison”. Jisc News. Available online at:

Jisc (2015). Evaluating and designing learning space. Available online at:

Jisc (2015). Learning spaces:a guide with associated case studies. Avalable online at:

Jisc (2006). Designing spaces for effective learning. Available online at:

Johnson et al. (2016). ‘Redesigning Learning Spaces’. In: Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Cummins, M., Estrada, V., Freeman, A., & Hall, C. NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium., p.16. Available online at:

MIT iCampus website (2006).TEAL: Technology enabled active learning. Available online at:

Nixon, A. L. (2009). Aligning learning space design and student work: research implications for design processes and elements. EDUCAUSEreview, March/April 2009. Available online at:

Petersen, C., & Gorman, K. (2014). Strategies to address common challenges when teaching in an Active Learning Classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. 137, 63-70. DOI: 10.1002/tl.20086

Rudd, T., Kirkland, K., Perotta, C. & Harlington, M. (2009). Thinking Space: a workshop resource to support visioning of learning spaces for the future. CABE, Futurelab & Portsmouth City Council. Available online at:

SCHOMS, AUDE & UCISA (2016). The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration. Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. Avaliable online at:

Steelcase (2014). How Classroom Design Affects Student Engagement. Steelcase website. Available online at:

Temple, P. (2007). Learning spaces for the 21st century: a review of the literature. Available online at:

Valenti, M.S. (2015). Beyond active learning: transformation of the learning space. EDUCASE Review, July/August 2015, pp. 30-38. Available online at: