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People | Damon Wilson Presents at the UIUC Reimagining the Classroom Symposium

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When you hear the word “classroom” what comes to mind? Rigid rows of desks and chalky blackboards? Professors giving long-winded lectures to disengaged students? Notions of traditional classroom environments usually do not evoke excitement for learning; however the traditional, rigidly structured classroom is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

The learning environment is evolving faster than ever before. Diverse forces like reduced revenue, ubiquitous technologies and shifting values; from traditional teaching methods to faculty-student engagement and peer-to-peer learning, are reshaping the landscape of teaching and learning. Damon Wilson, an Education Leader at Bailey Edward, will be presenting at the Reimagining the Classroom Symposium hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) on Friday, September 23rd. The symposium will address these issues and critically examine how we can continue to move learning environments forward.

Damon will be using projects from our portfolio at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, College of DuPage, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University to delve into the different elements of active and learner-centered classroom design. Similar to the mission of the CITL, Damon’s presentation will explore the complex relationships between physical classrooms, teaching pedagogies, and emerging technologies. He will illustrate how an educational architect must be nimble when designing classrooms – accounting for type of student (traditional, continuing education, long-distance learners), subjects taught (equipment required, flexibility needed), space planning, expansion opportunities, technological advancements and more.

To attend the symposium, you can reserve your spot through the Reimagining the Classroom Symposium Event Website. If you are unable to attend, but would like to learn more about the transformative learning environment, please contact Damon at Bailey Edward.