Vibrant Learning Environments

Online Course – Cohort 3

October 7 – November 17, 2019






Learn from industry-leading professionals whose focus is on re-imagining student learning, classroom design and teaching strategies. The 6-week Vibrant Learning Environments course also provides the perspective of architects, designers and technology experts seeking to inspire today's students with an enriching, rewarding academic experience.

  • Plan and design Vibrant Learning Environments.
  • Uncover practical strategies for schools to enhance physical spaces, from planning to pedagogy.
  • Hear best-practice, evidence-based research to ensure the success of your learning spaces.
  • Make the most of existing spaces through cost-effective refurbishment.
  • Integrate pedagogical practices with modern learning technology and tailored teaching.
  • Evaluate and measure your Vibrant Learning Environment impact.





Private Member $795
Public Member $650
Private Non-Member $1200
Public Non-Member $895



Refund Policy
  • A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be given when withdrawing prior to the start of the course.
  • A refund of $300 will be given when withdrawing in the first week of the course.
  • A refund will not be given after the first week of the start of the course.

Special Note

  1. There are two required texts that participants should purchase prior to the start of the course:

    Required Texts:
    • Sheninger, Eric C., & Murray, Thomas C., Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today. ASCD, Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Thornburg, D. (2014). From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments, Josey-Bass, San Francisco.
  2. In the first week of the course, participants must visit a local classroom. Please see review details and make the necessary arrangements to visit a classroom during the first week.

    1. Deliverable # 1 – Individual Activity – Classroom Observation (7 points)
      1. Visit a Local School Classroom
        Use the Observation Template (See Resources), to complete an observation in a classroom or school building. Summarize your experience through a Tabulated Reflection and Visual and Written Description on the benefits and challenges of merging and sequencing the learning design and learning environment design processes in respect of the key touchpoints and milestones in education as a building block towards your final project.

        Prior to your visit:
        Request information regarding how learning takes place in the space, including instructional delivery preferences as well as technology and other tools utilized during the learning design and learning space process. In addition, obtain permission for photos to be taken of students in the room.

        During your visit:
        Observe the learning experiences that take place to reflect on and describe what you have witnessed. Include the images from within the school classroom space. Include a detailed description:
        1. of how teaching and learning took place.
        2. on whether the actions observed in the learning space match what the instructor stated he/she did prior to your observation.
        3. of student activity, engagement, and motivation within the learning process, and the given learning space.