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Overview

We know that learning can occur anytime and anywhere. Because students are increasingly mobile, creating compelling places for working, studying, and engaging with peers and faculty plays a key role in student success.

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Adaptable

The phrase "informal learning space" implies agility. Informal learning spaces must be multi-purpose and support multiple group interactions.

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Social

Informal learning spaces serve as the social hub of activity for students and faculty throughout campuses. Most often these spaces are created in conjunction with cafes and lounges.

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Stimulating

The very nature of informal learning spaces requires a stimulating environment. Such spaces are not governed by time or specific functions, and attracting students and faculty means the space must appeal to them.

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Healthful

Students will gravitate to those informal learning spaces that provide comfortable, ergonomic furniture, appropriate light levels including daylighting, and nourishment.

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Resourceful

The best informal learning spaces support a variety of teaching and learning styles. Ideally, they are multiuse and flexible. Because they are often in use 24/7, these undesignated and unscheduled spaces must be particularly resourceful.

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Sustainable

Because of the evolving nature of the informal learning space, incorporating elements of sustainable design creates an environment that is productive, creative, and innovative.

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