Planning for Higher Education Journal

College Campus Landscapes Within a Learning Ecosystem

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From Volume 46 Number 2 | January–March 2018
By Kathleen G. Scholl, Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi
Planning Types: Campus Planning

College campus landscapes are touted as symbols of “greenness,” displaying trees, vegetation, and flowering bushes for aesthetic appeal. Features such as a lawn to sit on between classes or a tree to gather under for course sessions may collectively and purposefully enhance student capacity for cognitive functioning and information processing or, simply, “learning.” In a place of learning where virtual environments and campus landscapes coexist, attention is an essential element of perceptual and cognitive operations. A key goal of the study described in this article is to better understand how to leverage regular and purposeful interactions with campus landscapes to help restore student attentional capacity for learning.

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