One optimal condition for learning is the physical design of the classroom. If students are going to learn effectively they need
- comfortable chairs
- proper size desks
- adequate lighting
- suitable room temperature
- efficient air flow
These items can all be achieved by designed the classroom properly. When the computer labs I teach in were redesigned it was a mess. The idea was to fit 35 computer workstations into the room and to achieve this the desks had to be a specific size. Because of the lack of attention to detail in planning, when students sat down in the lab for the first time they realized they didn’t have any space for their books or notes at their desk. The keyboard and mouse were in the way!
As a student I had an unpleasant experience when writing a final exam during my undergraduate studies. The room that we were writing the exam in had no windows, the door opened out to a narrow hallway, and there was no ventilation in the room. Did I mention it was August? The heat in the room was unbearable and many students did poorly on the exam because of environment they were in.
Akinsanmi, B. (2010). The optimal learning environment: Learning theories.DesignShare: Designing for the Future of Learning.