As teaching practices and technologies continue to evolve, so too, do student learning preferences. In both K-12 and higher education environments, we’re seeing classrooms configured for collaboration and wired for high-tech problem solving. It’s a way to support a generation of highly-connected and tech-savvy students.

The recently completed Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Early Childhood Learning Laboratory is an example of how these changes impact students of all ages. The College’s Learning Laboratory supports college students enrolled in GRCC’s child development and education curriculum. These students engage in activities with preschool-aged children under the supervision of highly-qualified teachers in a model early childhood program. The facility allows both college and preschool students to participate in hands-on learning and investigation, while providing College educators and local professionals with nearby childcare.

“The new space is meant to reflect the corporate business environment our students will find themselves in as they graduate from Davenport.”

Damon Gonzales, Vice President for Facilities Management, Davenport University

Environments like Davenport University’s Donald W. Maine College of Business provide a similar learning experience. The brand new 60,000-sq. ft. facility features interactive classrooms and movable work stations that model a real business environment. According to Damon Gonzales, Davenport’s Vice President for Facilities Management, “the new space reflects the corporate business environment Davenport students will find themselves in after graduation.”

Designed to support collaboration, experimentation and respond to changing needs, these spaces place the student at the center of the educational experience.