Multisensory Class Room as a Pedagogic Innovation
Räty, Minttu (2018)
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The paper presents the concept of Multisensory Classroom (MSC) and it applications at the University of Applied Sciences. The MSC has been in use since 2009 and it was recently updated in January 2018. In short, a MSC is an easily modified space equipped with audio technology and projectors covering three wall spaces. The space includes a storage facility with various objects, such as textiles and light furniture. Teachers and students use the space to create an inspiring learning environment and to demonstrate multisensory experiences. The process of creation of the space is as important as the final outcome. The MSC encourages students to explore various learning content from new sensory perspectives. Furthermore, the space engages students in creating a tangible creation and a multisensory experience. Originally, the MSC was introduced in association of an introductory course of immigrant students to explore their cultural heritage. To use of the MSC has evolved and today, it is used for variable purposes. The paper outlines applications of the MSC and its future possibilities, as well as identifies need for future study in terms of the physical learning environments. The MSC relates to the Laure's Learning by developing pedagogy, according to which learning takes place in work-place oriented projects. As a result students gain competence to adjust in rapidly changing working environments. The paper highlights, how a MSC encourages experimental learning and enhances positive learning experience. The paper draws from a questionnaire conducted among the users of the MSC. It outlines for which purposes the MSC was used, and how the MSC support learning. The proceeds to present suggestion of future applications of a MSC. The MSC including its technological possibilities is an inspiring model to advance the phenome based learning, which as a term is a fundamental component of the recently published new Finnish national basic education curriculum. The paper concludes that a MSC enhances the learning experience and inspires pedagogical innovation.