How Visual Design Affects Learning Rooms

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Describe Your Favorite Grade School Classroom

If I asked you to describe your favorite classroom as a child, I believe most of you would easily be able to bring an image of that space, and teacher, to the forefront of your memory. Most likely, visual cues such as window placement, wall decorations, your assigned seating arrangement, etc., would help your recall and even remind you of the positive emotions and experiences you had in that classroom. Additionally, many of these remembered visual cues were purposefully considered and placed by your teacher to help you to learn and retain new information. Public schools and universities have dabbled in this arena for years.

But now, as more and more companies are providing training opportunities for their employees and customers, conference rooms and training rooms must also be professionally designed to increase learning opportunities and keep participants engaged. Truly, any room, designed for the sole purpose of communication, is indeed a Learning Room.

There are Many Types of Learning Rooms

If we are to focus on the business application of learning rooms, we find several different options and purposes including the following provided by Sulekha, an IT training and placement firm:

Depending upon the purpose, there are many types of meeting rooms and they are designed in a different manner. You need to design a meeting room you require with the help of a professional designer to make the interiors attractive and serve the purpose right.

Conference Rooms
• The purpose of a conference room is to conduct singular events like meetings and conferences.
• For security purposes conference rooms are designed in a way that there are no windows.

Presentation Rooms
• They are said to be the standard type of meeting rooms and the purpose is to have media presentations in particular.
• As they are meant for presenting, the design requires much more than an ordinary meeting room.

Board Rooms
• As the name suggests, board rooms are meant for holding board meetings with the board of directors of an organization.
• They are fully equipped with different equipment for making presentations and also for video conferencing.

Training Rooms
• Training rooms are classrooms designed for training the personnel on subjects.
• There are computer terminals and different computer accessories to accomplish better training results.

Designing a Successful Learning Room for Any Purpose

Upon researching the best practices for designing a visually appealing learning room setting, several key elements emerged that AV professionals should consider:
1. The need to create a collaborative space in which participants can move freely and have a flexible seating arrangement.
2. Wireless technology is a must.
3. Interactive technology is also a non-negotiable.
4. Visual cues enhance learning and should be purposeful and meaningful.

“A man’s real education begins after he has left school. True education is gained through the discipline of life.” — Henry Ford

May you enjoy the pursuit of learning and life.

Tony, the AV guy, 503-888-2515, tony@avbend.com, www.avbend.com/blog

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