The Story of Verb™: Innovative Design Fit for Education’s 21st Century Learning Needs

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Lennie Scott-Webber


People learn differently. This fact is at the heart of an educational practice revolution; active learning is at the core. Solving for active learning in the formal learning place – the classroom – became the quest of this design case’s author along with her Steelcase Education Solutions team. Active learning suggests people actually move in a classroom. Currently, classrooms are not designed for this type of activity as the modus operando is passive learning or an instructor stand and deliver situation. Much is changing in education from kindergarten through higher education. Therefore, figuring out how best to support an environment addressing active learning is important. This case shares the discovery of environmental supports for active learning and details the results of a six-step evidence-based research process that led to both the development of a furniture product that became Verb™ and a series of interior setting concept ideas for the formal learning environment.


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Scott-Webber, L. (2013). The Story of Verb™: Innovative Design Fit for Education’s 21st Century Learning Needs. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2).
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Lennie Scott-Webber, Steelcase Education Solutions

"Dr. Lennie" Scott-Webber (IIDA, NCIDQ) is the Director of Education Environments for Steelcase Education Solutions Globally. She leads the discovery (research), design, and dissemination efforts for this team focused on education issues forming a global perspective. Formally, she was a professor and chair of two design schools and practicing professional specializing in education design. She is an author, frequently invited keynote speaker at national and international forums, journal editor, and has many publications to her credit. She holds a PhD focused on Environment Behavior Theory, a Masters in Interior Design, and a Minor in Gerontology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida.