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Outdoor classrooms present exciting opportunity for engagement at Georgetown College this fall


One of the new developments coming to Georgetown College’s campus this fall will be outdoor classroom spaces. While several professors routinely hold class outside during the semester, the college has committed to building spaces outdoors so even more students can partake in outdoor learning.

This practice will not only keep campus safe and healthy, it will also present an opportunity for students to discover the benefits of learning in the fresh air.

The health benefits of going outside can translate into making learning that much more enjoyable. Being outdoors can help decrease stress and restore attention. It can also greatly improve creativity. A glance around Georgetown’s campus when the weather’s lovely, will reveal a glimpse of an art class or a writing class working outside for exactly this reason.

One of the new developments coming to Georgetown College’s campus this fall will be outdoor classroom spaces. Being outdoors can help decrease stress and restore attention.

Georgetown’s newly established outdoor spaces will give professors the option of holding classes outside, so their students can reap the benefits associated with outdoor learning. The new space has also already inspired some professors into thinking about new and different lessons, and creative ways to utilize the outdoor space. Dr. Amanda Hughes has even been working out some outdoor chemistry demos for this fall.

These spaces also help liven up the already-lively discussions Georgetown College classes are known for. “Outdoor spaces allow for the more relaxed interactions that are wonderful for discussion-based classes,” said Dr. Rosemary Allen, Dean and Provost of the College.

“Faculty can also shift the course dynamics when they move the class outside,” Allen added. It often can encourage enhanced engagement, particularly when the subject matter can be tied to the environment where the class is held.”

This fall, students can look forward to exactly this kind of engaging, enlightening and enjoyable outdoor learning at Georgetown College.

From Georgetown College

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