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The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) project provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning activities. Noting the success of several architectural programs to promote sustainable building design, the LSRS provides a scoring system to serve as an indicator of how well a classroom’s design serves the goal of active learning. The LSRS criteria form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community. 

This current version of the LSRS measures formal learning spaces, but future versions will include informal spaces and more specialized spaces. The information in the About section contains more detailed background and information on the LSRS project. In the Resources section, you will find articles, websites, and other resources relevant to the project. We highly recommend an article in the Journal of Learning Spaces for a conceptual introduction to the LSRS project.

Access the LSRS version 1

Download LSRS version 1 of the rating system and the scoresheet. The ELI invites community members to participate in the community input process. We will use the input to revise the current version in a process of continuous improvement. We invite you to share your comments through the community input form.

All LSRS materials are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC BY 3.0).

LSRS Team Members:
  • Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
  • Joseph Cevetello, University of Southern California
  • Shirley Dugdale, Dugdale Strategy, LLC
  • Adam Finkelstein, McGill University
  • Richard Holeton, Stanford University
  • Phil Long, University of Texas at Austin
  • Carole Meyers, Dartmouth College
Thanks to early project members:
  • Robert Beichner, North Carolina State University
  • Elliot Felix, Brightspot Strategy, LLC
  • Linda Jorn, University of Wisconsin
  • Andrew Milne, Tidebreak


Community input

We invite you to share your comments on version 1 of the Learning Space Rating System and the scoresheet.