The Learning Spaces Track will dive in to a question frequently being asked and researched in education today: does the learning environment impact student engagement? A variety of panels, talks, summits, and more will converge on the topic of learning spaces. Find more SXSW EDU programming about learning spaces and the diverse approaches to how and where students learn by browsing highlights below.
Minerva Schools will be hosting the summit Education by Design, a hands-on workshop led by Eugene Chan, Giovanna Chaves, and Julia Minichelli — focusing on empowering teachers to discover easy-to-implement changes that improve learning dynamics within their school.
The SXSW EDU program hosts thought leaders committed to creating environments that cultivate student engagement. Here are a few highlights:
- The panel LIVE FROM THE QUAD: Higher Ed & Live-Streaming featuring speakers Laura Kelly (Carnegie Mellon University), Will McGuinness (Columbia University), and Nikki Sunstrum (University of Michigan), will discuss the ways universities are utilizing live broadcasting platforms in their classrooms and on campus.
- Who Cares What Young People Think is a panel moderated by young people, featuring young people. Speakers Alejandra Olivos (University of Washington), Cornelius Cambronero (Arts Corps), Carlynn Newhouse (Arts Corps), and Monica Elenes (Gonzaga University) will explore how to reach a better understanding of equity and inclusion in the future.
- The case study, Early Learning Spaces… Bringing a Dream to Reality, provides information on planning and development of an early learning center. The speakers, Melissa McFadgen (NAC Architecture), Deborah Denmark (Central Valley School District), and Barbara Sattler (Central Valley School District) will lead an open discussion on transforming a vacant grocery store into an early learning center and alternative high school.
In addition to the sessions highlighted above, SXSW EDU explores groundbreaking work in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education with a fast-paced pitch competition, Learn by Design. The competition is open to projects and design solutions that enhance physical learning environments for students at every age.
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