Learning Space Rating System

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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 supports and enables multiple modalities of learning and teaching, especially that of active learning. 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 these goals. The LSRS credits form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community.

The LSRS measures formal learning spaces, defined as classrooms typically scheduled centrally and designed to accommodate all course participants for synchronous meetings. 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.

Accessing the LSRS Components

Version 3 consists of two parts. The main part is a PDF file that contains the complete set of credits that constitute LSRS version 3. The second part is an Excel file scoresheet intended to help expedite the scoring process. We have also made available an archive that contains version 2 as well as French and Japanese translations of version 2.

LSRS Scores in FLEXspace

Community members can add their LSRS v3 room scores to the corresponding learning space record in FLEXspace. V3 scores can be recorded in finer detail, including section scores. For more information, please visit the FLEXspace web site.

Your Input Is Important

EDUCAUSE invites community members to participate in the community input process. As in the past, 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 licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License.

LSRS Team Members:
  • Barbara Brandt, Emory University
  • Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
  • Shirley Dugdale, Dugdale Strategy, LLC
  • Adam Finkelstein, McGill University
  • Richard Holeton, Stanford University
  • Julie Johnston, Indiana University
  • Crystal Ramsay, Penn State University
  • Robert Smith, Stanford University
Thanks to previous team members:
  • Robert Beichner, North Carolina State University
  • Joseph Cevetello, City of Santa Monica
  • Elliot Felix, Brightspot Strategy, LLC
  • Linda Jorn, University of Wisconsin
  • Phil Long, Georgetown University
  • Andrew Milne, Tidebreak
  • In memoriam: Carole Meyers (Emory University and Dartmouth College)