Learning Spaces Research Program
At Herman Miller, we believe people, pedagogy, and place are essential elements of effective learning spaces. When they are considered and combined in the right ways, the possibilities are endless.
In the Learning Spaces Research Program (LSRP), we use data-driven insights to holistically design engaging learning spaces. By applying these insights, our education consultants improve the effectiveness of your campus’s learning spaces—just as they have for more than 60 institutions since 2007.
What have participating universities valued about our partnership? Our case studies will give you an idea.
California State University, Fresno
The university used LSRP as a way to test a more flexible, collaborative classroom layout using a human-centered, research-based approach. “I liked the Herman Miller program because it uses actual research on students’ perceptions of learning spaces,” says Rudy Sanchez, Director of Academic Technology and Innovation.
California State University, Long Beach
“One of our main objectives was to develop an inaugural project that used the campus as a living laboratory for students to learn about design, facilities management, and construction,” says David Salazar, Associate Vice President of Physical Planning and Facilities Management.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University wanted to know, “How do we best reach future generations of students?” As part of LSRP, the university worked with Herman Miller to transform one classroom into a learning studio to find out.
Our partners often document their projects themselves and provide their perspectives.
Colorado State University
We helped create spaces that accommodate different styles of teaching and learning.
- Video featuring the Design Lab
- “Lectures aren’t lemons, but flip the classroom anyway,” a piece on the active learning classrooms that resulted from our work.
Morgan State University
We contributed to a study that examined the extent to which physical learning space design contributes to learning outcomes.
Louisiana State University
Design students studied the behaviors of students, faculty, and staff in a building that predates technology commonly found today. They came up with designs that would make the space work better for everyone. We then gave them feedback on those designs. Read more on page 22 of this issue of QUAD.
Sharing What We Know
We are proud to share what we know through speaking engagements and continuing education units (CEUs).
Sample of speaking engagements
- Live case study: Saint Xavier University, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona (September 2014)
- SCALE-UP: Enriching the remote student experience, ELI annual meeting, Anaheim, California (June 2015)
- Data-influenced Learning Studio Design, UBTech, Saint Xavier University (June 2015)
- Furniture Designers Panel, Re-Think It: Libraries for a New Age, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan (August 2015)
- Learning Studio Design Workshop
- The Future of Learning