White-walled lecture halls are a missed teaching opportunity: Opinion


In an opinion piece of Times Higher Education, Brad Evans (University of Bath) considers the aesthetic experience of the university classroom, arguing that the physical space of learning can be a source of inspiration for students. Evans notes that campuses are often designed with uniform functionality in mind, describing the common recurrence of the white-walled lecture hall, devoid of character. Instead, the author proposes that learning spaces should be filled with original artworks to evoke emotion and reflection among students as their minds “inevitably wander.” Evans recommends that the universities should collaborate with the arts sector to further understand the aesthetic experience of education for the benefit of postsecondary learners.

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