ACTIVE LEARNING. ACTIVE MINDS. ACTIVE SPACES.

POI Business Interiors is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.

Using an insight-led approach, we offer solutions for the many spaces where learning happens, from classrooms and libraries to in-between spaces and cafes. We have a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

Pedagogy, technology and space, when carefully considered and intentionally designed, can establish new protocols for advanced learning environment solutions.

A NEW PARADIGM

When the space, furniture and technology can readily adapt to the pedagogies and teaching preferences of instructors, classroom planners and designers will have made a significant contribution to the educational process.

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Active learning solutions can improve student success.

POI is dedicated to understanding how educational experiences best take place and the spaces necessary to facilitate effective learning. Furniture in the classroom and within educational facilities needs to be multifunctional, inspire creativity to achieve deeper learning, and maximize the space while keeping the same look and feel throughout.

Education is a sector that changes with scholastic standards, types of curricula and teaching strategies. Both educators and the creators of learning spaces are rethinking the structure of classrooms, libraries, hallways, common areas and the learning spaces in between. A learning environment is a place we go to acquire new knowledge or skill from a teacher, instructor or study material – be it a classroom, training room, lecture hall, or dormitory. The introduction of flexible, movable components and tools within these environments addresses the numerous approaches used in sharing knowledge and, in turn, effectively facilitating learning.

We implement solutions that help educators and institutions achieve better results.

Trends towards active learning include: integrating user-friendly technology with classroom and lecture furniture, creating social hubs and study areas for collaboration, flexible furniture to optimize space and new learning tools.

Steelcase products are designed with the research and development resources of the world’s largest office furniture manufacturer. Their products are ideal for such applications as interactive classrooms, cyber cafés, breakout rooms and training facilities.

Products manufactured by Kwalu are built to be virtually indestructible, scratch resistant, fire retardant, waterproof and graffiti proof. As a result, the products are ideal for dormitories, student unions, lounges, dining areas and libraries.

Whether an educational facility is renovating an existing space or are creating new state-of-the-art campuses, POI can provide economical strategies and smart furniture solutions.

CASE STUDIES

Insights

ACTIVE LEARNING SPACES

Educational change is happening and happening fast for the first time in decades, and some schools from primary through higher education are in the midst of experiencing:

  • What it means to be learner centric
  • Why the use of problem–,project– or inquiry-based education strategies in formal learning spaces is important; and
  • How educational professional development, technology and space can be used as effective tools to support this

Many educators are embracing a more active and immersive style of instruction, engaging with students, leveraging technology and exploring more and varied educational strategies.

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FORMAL + INFORMAL LEARNING SPACES

Formal learning spaces where technology and the physical space are integrated to support pedagogy and create a more active and engaging experience for instructors and students.

Informal learning spaces should offer students a range of places and the choice and control to select the best environment for their needs–focused individual study, dyadic work, or large team collaborative.

Solutions

Node Classroom
Verb Classroom
Classroom Technology
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Node Classroom

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SUPPORTING THE MANY MODES OF LEARNING

Educators are often faced with a tough choice: promote active learning or fit as many students as possible into a classroom without much flexibility. Until now.

The Node chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick transitions between room configurations. With Node, a classroom can flex from lecture mode to groups, and back again without interruption. Node can take passive space and make it active, supporting active and team based learning, even when student density is important.
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Featured Products

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Brody

Introducing the Brody WorkLounge. Designed to be good for your body and good for your brain.

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Thread

Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

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Buoy

Height-adjustable and designed to promote movement in the workplace. Buoy’s curved base engages your core as your tilt, wobble and spin

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Verb

Verb is an integrated collection of classroom furniture including tables, whiteboards, and instructor lectern and desk stations designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles.

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Campfire Paper Table, by turnstone, is topped with a giant stack of paper, so you can just load up your thoughts, rip it off and start over the next day.

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Regard

The Regard modular lounge system supports times of transition to make every moment more meaningful.

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