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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Texas Wesleyan University is pleased to announce “A Radically Flexible Classroom Design” as the selected design for classroom.NEXT, a team-based competitive program that challenged faculty and students to research and design their ideal classrooms. Evaluated by a panel comprised of Texas Wesleyan administrators, faculty, and staff, along with external classroom design experts, the proposal was selected from five designs submitted in early February. The chosen design will serve as a blueprint for transforming an existing classroom on the Historic Texas Wesleyan campus into a space designed to support student-centered learning and teaching.
The selected design was submitted by Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, Associate Professor of History, and five of her students: Gary Beam, Cecelia Hill, Susan Alyse Hofman, Tiffany Fitzhugh, and Janie Torres. Focusing on the needs of today’s students and their major characteristics, which include an “unconscious integration of technology into their lives” and a desire to “study and socialize as a group,” the team in their proposal sought to create a space that “harmonizes with learning theory, encourages inquiry-based instruction, and responds to the needs of Net-Gen students.” To meet these goals, the the team’s proposed design is built on four themes: flexibility, sensory stimulation, technology support, and decenteredness.