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Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces

Kathleen G Scholl, Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi


Today’s university learning environments must encompass more than technology upgrades and classroom additions - the entire campus must be perceived as a holistic learning space that provides a holistic learning experience. The potential of campus nature in replenishing student cognitive functioning is underutilized. Recognizing campuses as vital learning landscapes harnesses their potential as attentional resources. A whole-systems approach to campus design requires communication and collaboration among academic, administrative and facilities planning stakeholders. This approach goes beyond the aesthetic value of campus open spaces for student recruitment to advertising its educational value that emphasizes something deeper than what meets the eye.

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