A effective learning environment is developed by focusing on four dimensions of the environment.
A Focus on Meaning - meaningful learning, growth in performance, and creating processes/products that make a difference in the world. embedding meaning in the context and artifacts of the environment.
Support for Each Person - align each person with their talents--what they like doing and what they do best, safe environment for taking risks, create alignments with values and interests of individuals, opportunities for professional growth, feedback.
Structure for Each Person - clear performance criteria, scope, schedule, challenge and resources.
Collaboration that Adds Value - Supporting others, using effective practices such as assessment and compelling goals.
The quality of a learning environment is measured along six dimensions:
Learning and Growth - Do people find meaning in the learning, are people growing their performance levels?
Support for Each Person - is each person treated as an individual, receiving feedback, ...
Structure for Each Person - are there clear performance criteria, scope, schedule, challenge and resources?
Collaboration that Adds Value - are people supporting others, is assessment adding value, how?
An enriched learning environment has high measures along the above 6 dimensions.