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TRUE NORTH | Active Learning: Transforms Environments

by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Change is in the air. Universities are rethinking the educational experience, watching technological innovations and building learning spaces that are challenging the traditional teaching methods on campus. Changes in pedagogy, student expectations, campus culture, and corporate competition are resulting in fundamental shifts of mission, culture and process at many institutions. Colleges and […]

TRUE NORTH | Integrating Technology Into Architecture

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Marshal McLuhan said, “The medium is the message.” More true today than ever, with the increased use of audiovisual, IT, building energy management, and security technologies in commercial and institutional buildings, McLuhan’s words ring true. As a result, architects and interior designers find they are working earlier and more […]

TRUE NORTH | Designing for Collaboration: Technology, Zen and Now

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

These prescient words, attributed to Confucius over twenty-five hundred years ago, are truer in 2011 than ever before. Over a decade ago, we were adapting buildings for the “Information Age.” Since then, we have seen the “Age of Collaboration” take over. If […]

TRUE NORTH | Looking Up in a Down Market: Forward-thinking Campuses Still Upgrading Classrooms

by The Sextant Group

In this difficult economic environment, many colleges and universities are searching for ways to upgrade facilities and improve student outcomes without expensive construction projects. We believe this is an opportunity to move beyond the simple “carpet and paint” Band-aid type renovations to a more meaningful re-design of yesterday’s classrooms and lecture halls.

To replace the old […]

TRUE NORTH | Five Forces Reshaping Tomorrow’s Learning Environments

by Mark S. Valenti CTS, President/CEO, The Sextant Group and John A. Cook CTS, Vice President, The Sextant Group

Active communities of practice are prototyping new models for learning and research to foster new relationships among learners, faculty, and mentors. In turn, these new directions are reshaping the design of programs and facilities and the resource allocations necessary to support […]