From Flexible Seating to Agile Space: Facilitating Student Agency


Garden 1

  • Primary Core Competencies: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Educational Visioning


As the Exponential Age of innovation unfolds around us, learning environments are changing to meet the new needs of learners and educators. Flexible classrooms have been introduced to allow educators flexibility to facilitate the varied pedagogical practices. Yet as industry and society have created demands for deeper collaboration, critical thinking, and creative confidence for the future workforce, we need to consider how to further empower students in learning environments. One of the key ways of achieving this is through agile space design. Agile spaces encourage students to take control over their spaces, leading to self-mastery and executive functioning.

 Learning Objectives

 OBJ#1  Understand the differences between agility and flexibility in learning spaces

OBJ #2  Discuss the interconnection of agility and learner agency

OBJ #3  Explore the impact of agile spaces through case studies

OBJ#4  Learn how to apply the principles of an agile space to classrooms, libraries, and all learning spaces

Jolene Levin, Director and Space Futurist, NorvaNivel