CMBA Logo
January 14, 2021

Designing an Immersive College Learning Environment

Designing an Immersive College Learning Environment

Immersive college learning environments are now understood in a virtual sense, so predominantly that they have a commonly recognized abbreviation: ILEs. The increasing prevalence and viability of virtual immersive learning environments has given rise to studies about the value of immersion to education that did not exist before.

What is an ILE?

ILE stands for ‘Immersive Learning Environment.’ It’s a broad term that refers to the way learning is organized for a group of learners. It indicates particular spatial design, as well as its materials and tools, social roles, pedagogies, learning goals and activities. Many of these spaces are also called ‘Maker Spaces,’ where the learning style is very DIY and hands-on.

These spaces should not be confused with “open-plan” environments. This is because open plan classroom designs are not necessarily adaptable to meet students’ learning needs, and in fact may constrain potential for learning and teaching.

Are ILEs Effective?

Theoretically, ILEs contribute to higher student achievement because they can more readily support the needs of learners. Interactive learning environments can also lead to more positive overall shifts in a student’s perception of learning. Interactive environments also increase the enjoyment and engagement of students. That’s because these spaces give students a greater ability to articulate their preferences for learning.

Interactive Learning Environments have been implicated in a range of outcomes, including an increase in the spectrum of active, student-centered, personalized and collaborative learning experiences!

Unfortunately, assessing the true impact of ILE designs is a challenge. That’s because of the multi-faceted nature of learning environments and the variety of teaching and learning programs implemented within them. But from a high level, it’s clear that these environments have very positive effects on students, giving them the chance to practice what they’re being taught.

Better Collaboration Leads to More Immersion

Ultimately, to increase levels of immersion in higher education, we first need a higher degree of collaboration among faculty to address the wide array of learning paths which will take some effort. However, investing our efforts into realizing fully immersive, hands-on learning environments is well worth it!

These environments are giving universities the power to make learning more powerful and practical for everyone. Would you consider incorporating ILEs on your campus?

most
recent
contact
us

Contact us for more information and for all of your project inquiries.

Our offices across Iowa and Nebraska have specialists ready to work on projects throughout the country. Learn more about each office below and reach out to discuss your next project.

CMBA Architects

302 Jones St #200, Sioux City, IA 51101 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

319 SW 5th St #102, Des Moines, IA 50309 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

505 Grand Avenue Spencer, Iowa 51301 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

208 N Pine Street, Suite 301 Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

1111 N 13th Street, Suite 205 Omaha, NE 68102 View larger map and directions