The new educational spaces at University Camilo José Cela, LearningLab and DesignLab, are featured in a report on the El Español online news platform, which highlights how this new type of classrooms is at the forefront of education with “open and flexible spaces, equipped with the most innovative technology and allowing the student to play an active role in their learning” as Silvia Carrascal points out, vice-chancellor of Teaching and Learning at University Camilo José Cela.
Carmen Chamorro one of these students on the Degree in Business and Technology, highlights one of the main advantages of this new way of learning: “These spaces allow you to stay in contact with people. That is to say, I am learning to work not in the silence of the closed space, but with other people around, sharing ideas.”
These spaces also redefine the role of teachers in the classroom. “The moment you combine traditional teaching with practical learning, students learn based on the experiences they are living at that moment, and as a teacher you are always connecting with them and leaving the classroom with real learning“, says Gracia Gallego, professor at UCJC.
True to its vocation to be at the forefront of the educational model, University Camilo José Cela has launched the two spaces this academic year, going beyond the traditional teaching model, and breaking with convention where teachers impart a syllabus to seated students in chairs, who are limited to listening and taking notes.
The University Camilo José Cela LearningLab and the DesignLab spaces represent a leap forward in the future of education, thanks to the design implemented by Stephen Heppell, director of the Felipe Segovia Chair for Innovation in Learning at UCJC, whereby the best conditions of light, temperature and comfort have been ensured for students and teachers, in addition to optimising furniture and the application of the most innovative technology.