How Learning Spaces Can Collaborate with Student Engagement and Enhance Student-Faculty Interaction in Higher Education

  • Gustavo Severo de BorbaEmail author
  • Isa Mara Alves
  • Paula Dal Bó Campagnolo


This article explains the relationship between learning spaces and the furtherance of student engagement and enhancement of student-faculty interaction. Following a design-driven methodology and considering flexibility, interaction, and connectivity as core elements to classroom design, we have prototyped spaces and implemented them in 96 classrooms. After doing so, we evaluated how the classrooms were used through a mixed-methods study that involved more than a thousand students. The results of this study highlight the importance of the physical space as a factor that contributes to student engagement and connects both students and professors in an active learning process.


Designing learning spaces Student engagement Student-faculty interaction Strategic design 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Severo de Borba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isa Mara Alves
    • 2
  • Paula Dal Bó Campagnolo
    • 2
  1. 1.Design Graduate ProgramUnisinos UniversityPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Higher EducationUnisinos UniversityPort AlegreBrazil

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