Most importantly, design thinkers keep the people they are designing for at the centre of the process. This human-centred approach helps you arrive at an optimal solution that meets needs. Implementing and managing change with a well-designed product will be easier in the long run.
Doorley & Witthoft (2012 p.30) impress upon us that space is something that can create an impact on the way we learn, work and play immediately. With so many schools making the move toward contemporising learning spaces, questions arise about the considerations that have been given toward these changes. There are great risks, but also potentially great gains when it comes to changing learning spaces.
When spaces are redesigned with the needs of teaching and learning in mind, different pedagogical approaches can be explored. The addition of technological tools may allow teachers to step away from direct teaching models and explore opportunities for collaboration, conferencing and self-paced learning. When the approaches and therefore needs of a classroom change, the way spaces are designed can then respond to accommodate this.
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