Turn and Learn™ is a unique seating system which is gaining popularity in academic settings. It is designed to support the requirements of an interactive teaching space, which facilitates active and participative learning with an emphasis
The Turn and Learn™ system allows the occupant to rotate 360° while remaining seated, enabling both didactic and group work without vacating the seat.
The Turn and Learn™ system provides students with the ability to interact with the lecturer as well as their peers, which enables successful participation in traditional learning modes as well as group activities, supporting a more modern pedagogic approach – collaborative learning.
The collaborative approach involves the transformation of the traditional university lecture theatre – where the design is optimised for passive learning – into a collaborative space designed to support group work and interactionamong students.
The benefits of collaborative learning are widely documented, demonstrating numerous academic and social advantages – students are encouraged to listen, interact and learn from their peers, to take turns, support other members of the group as well as engage in cooperation and sharing, which encompasses diversity and understanding.
Anxiety within the classroom and test anxiety is said to be significantly reduced under this approach, as the emphasis in collaborative learning is on the group rather than the individual. It also promotes critical thinking and problem solving, and enables the classroom to resemble real life and social employment in a more realistic way than the traditional learning environment.
How does Turn and Learn™ Seating support collaborative learning?
The traditional lecture theatre and its teaching methods endorse sitting still and quietly, as the best method for concentration and focus; however, modern research suggests that physical movement and improved interaction stimulates alertness and greater focus of attention.
Active learning environments with seating arrangements such as that of the Turn and Learn™ Lecture Theatre Seat enable students to seamlessly alter their seating arrangement to quickly adjust to the task at hand – allowing them to turn to face and follow the lecturer as well as to turn and face a group of their peers.
Why choose the Turn and Learn™ System?
The Turn and Learn™ range not only offers good capacity, but it is also available in various different sizes, can be fitted into different shaped rooms, in flexible layouts including radial, and is easy to install. Multiple upholstery options are available in a wide selection of contemporary materials.
The University of Dundee is the latest institution to install Ferco’s innovative Turn and Learn™ system. Having previously worked with the Estates teams on refurbishing a number of lecture theatres, the university has continued to invest in modern and inspiring learning spaces.
Working with architects Oberlanders and construction consultants Pick Everard, Ferco designed, manufactured and installed a 93-seat collaborative Turn and Learn™ lecture theatre in the Matthew Building.
Turn and Learn™ Seating and the Phygital Experience
The term ‘phygital’ was coined to describe the interaction between the physical and the digital space. Digital technology has played a key role in the evolution of modern education establishments, creating new and improved student experiences.
The phygital space supports a digital online-driven experience, allowing students to access services and collaborate during group work.
Turn and Learn™ seating successfully meets the needs of the new ‘phygital’ generation which is very much part of the collaborative learning initiative. The seating system can easily be integrated with power and data sources.
For more information on Turn and Learn™ Seating Systems, contact Ferco Seating today: fercoseating.com