How might students and teachers thrive in learning communities?

 

building empathetic communities

Role: Learning designer | Project: TimeBanks (Washington, DC), The New School (New York, 2015)

Team: Tamar Roemer, Letícia Ferreira, Edgar Cahn e Ricardo Dutra

Fig.1: emotional wristbands are used by students to indicate their feelings, increasing classroom empathy

Fig.1: emotional wristbands are used by students to indicate their feelings, increasing classroom empathy

For universities to differentiate themselves and attract 21st century students, they are required to innovate and imagine new learning environments. In this project we apply principles of community building to imagine and develop new tools and activities that might help teachers and students develop succesful learning spaces.

This is potentially a system-changing idea.
— Edgard Cahn, Founder TimeBanks & Ashoka Fellow, Washington, DC
Fig.2: prototype of a tool box, inviting new students to co-create the learning community

Fig.2: prototype of a tool box, inviting new students to co-create the learning community

lessons learned:

  • when students and teachers make a commitment to collective learning, the classroom thrives
  • material objects and space design can play a role in making visible social-emotional aspects of learning
  • critical thinking grows in a learning environment where awareness of self and others is cultivated