5 Strategies for Keeping Educational Design Adaptable

Oh, no! With new students and technologies in the classroom, the current setup is no longer functional. Now, you need to […]

Oh, no! With new students and technologies in the classroom, the current setup is no longer functional. Now, you need to make some big changes to the design to give yourself enough space and function.

If you had planned ahead, you could have anticipated some of these changes and responded to them more quickly and easily. 

African american girl raising her hands while sitting on her desk in the class at school
Image: Adobe

Flexible school designs help people avoid time-consuming renovations that are needed when the number of students grows or other things change. However, predicting future needs can be difficult when all you have is the here and now.

The good news is that this article gives you and your team several ideas for making academic spaces that will work now and in the future.

1. Consider Current Needs – If you need it now, you’ll probably need it later. However, don’t get stuck thinking that the elements you incorporate today will be just as important in 50 years.

As you work with your team, customize your layout based on functionality. Dual usage is always advantageous. Consider movable storage bins, shelves, and other items that are not fixed to a specific area. Their mobility will make future renovations easier. 

5 Strategies for Keeping Educational Design Adaptable
5 Strategies for Keeping Educational Design Adaptable

2. Plan for expansion – As school districts shift toward collaborative ventures, your academic space may double. The area will suddenly feel cramped and unproductive. Create flexible common areas and easily adjustable walls as part of your expansion strategy.

Make sure your school has a variety of rooms of different sizes to fit everything from small groups to lecture halls. As enrollment increases, the school may need to invest in additional space. You don’t want awkward, tacked-on spaces. Pick out strategic expansion areas where it would be possible to add or remove exterior walls. 

3. Be Frugal with Technology – Technology is constantly evolving. Companies claim to produce new and more efficient products every year. You undoubtedly want your school’s technology to be efficient and up to date, but replacing computers, tablets, or smart boards with new models can be a waste of money, especially when other spending needs take priority.

Consider the fact that most students may already have mobile devices and encourage them to use them safely in the classroom. The schools should focus their efforts on making sure that those devices have consistent internet access and bandwidth

4. Predict Future Energy – Another way to save money is to use renewable energy solutions. Many school districts are putting money into solar and geothermal energy systems.

These low-cost alternatives add long-term value to schools. As community-based renewable systems become available, some schools may join them.  

5. Invest in Quality Materials – Buying the cheapest materials is just as bad as buying the most expensive. Be prudent with your purchases, but keep in mind that durability is important.

Plan to buy high-end materials if you anticipate a need for them in the future. 

In a classroom setting, flexibility is crucial. You must have the freedom to switch up the environment, the layout, and the design without going over budget or having to start from scratch.

Consider the points listed in this article when designing your academic space. 

Scroll to Top
Stay updated on Ceyise Studios’ exclusive events. Sign up for our ​mailing list to receive notifications about upcoming gatherings.