Whitespace in the Classroom?
Michele W. Atkins, Ph.D., Chair, Institutional Review Board & Professor of Education
November 1, 2009 - Drs. Michele Atkins, Kenneth Newman, & Ann Singleton shared Whitespace in the Classroom, at the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL) in Philadelphia, PA. The session included these thoughts: Thinking takes time. Creating space during class time for students to think and process information can be difficult for college professors. The term "white space" is used to describe the unprinted area of a piece of printing. The intentional use of whitespace is as effective in a layout as type. Therefore, how can university professors intentionally plan classes that provide space for students to think deeply? This interactive session is designed to focus on a framework for including "white space" as a principle for providing students an environment that supports time to think and process the new information they are receiving.