9 ways to support collaboration in higher ed

5. “Accommodate multiple formations of people objects, and environments”This design looks at providing students with a variety of opportunities in the form of physical space, tools and artifacts in order to set the tone for new interactions and relationships as students organize their daily lives and activities.

6. “Design guided experience”The study found that students spend a plethora of rime waiting for classes. Therefore, it recommends providing guided experiences throughout the building to convert this waiting time into useful activities where new areas can be explored and new knowledge and information can be discovered.

7. “Use design cues to help users navigate and interact” This design concept looks at helping students find destinations that fit their specific needs, as well as provide them with environmental updates as they are in constant transition.  “Mobility is driving a lot of the behaviors, not just with the students but with all of us,” Whitmer explained.

8. “Allow improvisation when in groups”Although building spaces requires some level of fixed ground, this recommendation aims at providing students with flexible spaces. It looks at setting the stage for collaboration and community building by allowing students to modify spaces through the mental and physical process of creating an environment that best accommodates their needs.

9. “Make sure one has what one needs” The last design recommendation aims at providing students with the tools and resources for their learning needs wherever they are. It acknowledges the constant movement of students and look to provide students with the necessary support regardless of the location.

For more information on the study, including details on different student experiences and methodology, read the study here.