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The Geometry of Learning is a interdisciplinary research agenda directed at investigating correlations among physical conditions of learning spaces, student and instructor behaviors, learning outcomes and attitudes. This research was motivated by the new general purpose classroom building at Oregon State University: The Learning Innovation Center. This building has unique learning spaces such as the 360 degree round lecture rooms along with active learning classrooms and 12 other spaces, each with a unique design to support specific pedagogies. LINC opened in Fall 2015.
In addressing how to study and assess our new learning spaces it came clear that we had to establish baselines for our variables in the classrooms across campus. The study thus took a broader aim and in Phase I, Fall 2015 to Spring 2016, we studied classes in 20 different classrooms across campus, including eight in the Learning Innovation Center.
This Blog hosts the founding and primary documents of The Geometry of Learning plus a range of articles based on study activities and related topics. We will report findings here as well as in journals.
For an overview of the research see Research Executive Summary.
For an overview of what we seek to investigate see Research Questions.
You are always welcome to contact us with ideas and questions. To make inquires about The Geometry of Learning or The Learning Innovation Center contact the Principal Investigator, Jon Dorbolo – see Contact.
This research could not advance without the contributions of an all-star research team and you may contact members about the work directly.
We are enthused at the prospect of bring original research and new practical knowledge about the relationships between the physical and social dimensions of classrooms and the varieties of cognitive and behavioral change that we call learning. Subscribe to this resource and stay tuned as we press onward into the frontiers of higher education.
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