Hord Coplan Macht Principal Jim Albert, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP recently spoke at the 2012 Healthcare Facilties Symposium and Expo in Chicago, IL. This session detailed how the renovation program of highly specialized space incorporated a unique and bold method of distributed nursing. By replacing a central nursing station with alcoves located directly outside patient rooms, the hospital provided increased privacy for visitors, encouraged more interaction among nursing staff, and also improved patient safety and security. In addition, the renovation further encouraged family centered care by adding amenities such as a family resource library and improved play areas.
CREATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS – RETHINKING THE CLASSROOM
Change can be scary. But whether or not you are afraid of it–change is inevitable. What is scarier than change itself is the prospect of not recognizing when it is happening, and then failing to respond in a positive, appropriate way. As we move through the 21st century, the changing landscape of education is something none of us can afford to ignore. By first understanding WHO the 21st-century learner is, and then embracing the ways that THEY are learning, we can create a transformative environment, where students WANT to be active participants. This interactive workshop examines the most fundamental of learning spaces–the classroom. By first identifying a more descriptive and appropriate way to refer to this space, then by developing prototypes that capture the essence of 21st-century learning, participants of this session will use a participatory approach to rethinking the classroom, and will contribute to developing more creative and relevant learning environments.
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