Best layouts for effective learning

One of the things that our Logistics teacher emphasizes more is the layout of the classroom – as well as our group layouts.  So trying to find which layout would be the best, I have found that there is no a perfect layout, because each of them are useful for different situations, and its election depend on what do you want to transmit and on how do you want to do it.

Traditional classroom (Medium group involvement)

In a tradional class all the desks are facing the chalkboard and teachers desk. The layout is suitable for teacher centered classes such as lectures.

Advantages Disadvantages
Good view of the front of the room Hard for instructor to move into the audience
Allows the instructor a great deal of control over the students Loss of attention in the last rows
Provides space for writting or using a computer

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U-shaped (High group involvement)

For smaller classes that want more interaction between the student and educator, a U-Shaped layout is a better option.

Advantages Disadvantages
Easy to see and hear everyone in the group Requires a lot of space
Encourages unity and participation Can only be applied in small groups

Circle arrangements (High group involvement)

Desks or chairs arranged in a circle or half circle promote community and encourage all students to participate.

Advantages Disadvantages
People are unobstructed and can speak directly to each other Can only be applied in small groups
Creates equality among the group, with no designated “leader” position Not conducive to visual aids or digital presentations

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