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Steelcase Education: Active Learning Center Grant

Deadline: February 10, 2017

Steelcase Education is focused on helping schools, colleges, and universities create the most effective, rewarding, and inspiring learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. Through its research and innovation in furniture, tools, and technologies for learning spaces, Steelcase strives to understand how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

As a grantmaker, Steelcase Education seeks to identify and support leading educators and educational institutions looking to implement and expand active learning initiatives by leveraging physical learning space. Steelcase’s interests center on advancing its understanding of the impact of active learning on pedagogy, technology, and the built space, acting in one holistic ecosystem.

The Active Learning Centers Grant provides one active learning classroom, including furniture, design review, installation, onsite training, and a pre- and post-occupancy measurement tool. Grant recipients choose from four types of classrooms designed for up to 30 students. Grant recipients agree to provide sufficient dedicated space, participate in Steelcase Education onsite training, and conduct and share research over a two-year period. Interested institutions may choose from a selection of potential research topics or propose an alternative. Research should answer the questions: What impact does the new Active Learning Center have on supporting your desired pedagogy, teaching, learning and student success? Why? Minimally, this research should include completion of the pre- and postoccupancy measurement tool administered by Steelcase, but additional methods and areas of inquiry are encouraged. Sample research topics of interest include:

  • Engaged Learning Experiences: Study potential Active Learning Center impact on student-driven learning; student-paced learning; student voice and choice; student motivation; student critical thinking; student metacognitive skills; growth in specific knowledge or skill area; collaboration among students and each other, among students and instructor; real-world problem solving (authentic learning).
  • Noncognitive Factors: Study potential Active Learning Center impact on social relationships that support learning; student self-management; student mindset; student sense of belonging; student wellbeing; class culture.
  • Instructor Experience: Study potential Active Learning Center impact on instructor mindset change; instructor behavior change; instructional practices shift; microteaching practices; training and professional development; instructor motivation; instructor satisfaction.
  • Emerging Technology Integration: Study potential impact of these technologies as part of an Active Learning Center: virtual/augmented reality for instruction; artificial intelligence for instruction; sensors/sensing; gamification; quantitative behavior measurements.

Eligibility: Academic institutions that focus primarily on formal, instructor-led learning in a designated classroom in the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico, serving grades 6–12, or within a college or university.

Amount: Up to 15 grants, valued at $65,000, will be awarded.

Link: https://www.steelcase.com/discover/information/education/active-learning-center-grant/#overview_about

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