Personalized Learning, Personalized Space: Design Implications for Personalized Learning

Explore what personalized learning means to students and teachers, and learn practical design guidelines to create environments for personalized learning.       

Personalized learning promotes students’ greater autonomy by offering individualized curricula based on capabilities and interests, enhancing academic achievement. Explore what personalized learning means to students and teachers, and review the efficacy of a recent school renovation designed to implement personalized learning, including the development and pilot testing of an experimental sensory design lab. You will walk away with practical design guidelines you can implement to create environments for personalized learning.   Development of the sensory design lab was funded by the ASID Foundation Transform Grant.


What You Will Learn
  • Define personalized learning and how it is related to the built environment.
  • Identify common challenges related to learning-environment design.
  • How to address potential challenges in school design when adopting personalized learning paradigm.
  • Articulate design implications for personalized learning.

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-107925
    • Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf.
  • 1 AIA LU | ASIDPLPS


Access period: One year from registration date.

Upali Nanda, PhD

Director of Research, HKS, Inc.

Dr. Upali Nanda is the Director of Research for HKS, responsible for spearheading and implementing research projects globally. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education. She is a member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) Advisory Council, the AIA Research Advisory for Design & Health, and the AAH research council. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book, and she has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and mainstream media. She has been the recipient of numerous national grants and awards. 

Giyoung Park, PhD, AIA

Senior Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Dr. Giyoung Park currently serves as a Senior Design Researcher at HKS Architects. Dr. Park is an environmental psychologist and registered architect. She has earned an M.Arch. degree from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Human-Environment Relations and a PhD in Human Behavior and Design degrees from Cornell University. Her research interests include environmental stress, social interaction, social capital, communication technologies and human wellbeing in relation to the built environment.

Angela Ramer

Design Anthropologist, HKS, Inc.

Angela Ramer  is design anthropologist at HKS Architects. She earned her M.S. in Applied Anthropology from The University of North and a B.A. in Anthropology from Elon University. Angela’s interests in business, technology and design relate to her current work in both organizational performance and design for corporate offices, educational environments, campus planning, sports and entertainment, and urban planning projects. Her user-centered, ethnographic perspective highlights for design team and clients alike the need to understand the breadth of human experience that occurs within and around built environments. 

Ashley Flores

Education Strategist, HKS, Inc.

Ashley Flores is the Education Strategist at HKS, a global architecture and design firm. She leverages her experience as teacher, district administrator, and planner to advance teaching and learning through the built environment. Prior to HKS, Ashley served as Director of Planning and Special Projects at the Dallas Independent School District and led the development and early implementation of the district's personalized learning initiative, a model for spurring innovation in a large urban district. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Business Honors Program and a Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin as well as a Master of Education in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Personalized Learning, Personalized Space - Welcome Video
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Open to view video. Please view this 40 second video for information on earning continuing education credit and course instructions. (THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND)
Section 1: Introduction and School Design Case Study
Part 1: Introduction
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Open to view video. This 9 minute video introduces the concept of personalized learning and its impact on the world of design. (This video includes audio)
Part 2: School Design Case Study
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Open to view video. This 7 minute video offers background on a case study demonstrating the positive impact of design on personalized learning in the classroom space. (This video includes audio)
Quiz 1
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5 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% (4 correct responses) to pass the quiz. You will have up to 5 attempts to pass.
Section 2: Sensory Design Lab, Design Implications and Next Steps
Part 3: Sensory Design Lab
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Open to view video. This 8 minute video focuses on sensory design as it relates to personalized learning. (This video includes audio)
Part 4: Design Implications and Next Steps
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Open to view video. This 6 minute video focuses on design implications as they pertain to personalized learning. (This video includes audio)
Quiz 2
5 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass You must score a minimum of 75% (4 correct responses) to pass the quiz. You will have up to 5 attempts to pass.
Personalized Learning, Personalized Space Course Evaluation
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Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU and 1.0 AIA LU awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member. AIA Members: Upon completion, please notify education@asid.org, including your AIA member number, the course name, and date completed. We will report your completion to AIA on your behalf.