What Is Turn and Learn™ Seating?

Turn and Learn™ is a unique seating system which is increasingly gaining popularity in academic settings. It is designed to support the requirements of an interactive teaching space, which facilitates active and participative learning with an emphasis on flexibility. The Turn and Learn™ system enables the occupant to rotate a full 360° whilst remaining seated, allowing both didactic and group work without vacating the seat.

Collaborative Learning

The Turn and Learn™ system provides the occupant with the ability to interact with the lecturer as well as their peers, which enables successful participation in traditional learning modes as well as group activities, supporting a more modern pedagogic approach – collaborative learning.

Collaborative learning describes a student centred approach to learning. The collaborative approach involves the transformation of the traditional university lecture theatre, where the design is optimised for passive learning, into a collaborative space designed to support group work and interaction amongst students.

The benefits of collaborative learning are widely documented, demonstrating numerous academic and social advantages – students are encouraged to listen, interact and learn from their peers, to take turns, support other members of the group as well as engaging in cooperation and sharing, which encompasses diversity and understanding.

Anxiety within the classroom and test anxiety is said to be significantly reduced under this approach, as the emphasis in collaborative learning is on the group, rather than the individual. It also promotes critical thinking and problem solving, and enables the classroom to resemble real life and social employment in a more realistic way than the traditional learning environment.

How Does Turn and Learn™ Seating Support Collaborative Learning?

The traditional lecture theatre and its teaching methods endorse sitting still and quietly, as the best method for concentration and focus – however modern research suggests that physical movement and improved interaction, in fact stimulates alertness and greater focus of attention.

Active learning environments with seating arrangements such as that of the Turn and Learn™ Lecture Theatre Seat enables students to seamlessly alter their seating arrangement to quickly adjust to the task at hand – allowing them to turn to face and follow the lecturer as well as to turn and face a group of their peers.

Turn and Learn™ Seating and the Phygital Experience

The term phygital was coined to describe the interaction between the physical and the digital space, Digital technology has played a key role in the evolution of modern education establishments, creating new and improved student experiences. The phygital space supports a digital online-driven experience, allowing students to access services and collaborate together during group work. Turn and Learn™ seating successfully meets the needs of the new 'phygital' generation which is very much part of the collaborative learning initiative. The seating system can easily be integrated with power and data sources.


The Turn and Learn™ range is suitable for a number of different applications including educational settings such as universities, colleges, schools and other higher educational establishments for providing seating for lecture theatres, auditoriums, IT suites, library and canteen settings, and offices, due its ease of access and interactive style. The flexibility of this range also makes it popular in executive settings including auditoriums, offices and commercial spaces.

Why Choose the Turn and Learn™ System?

The Turn and Learn™ range not only offers good capacity, but it is also available in various different sizes, can be fitted into different shaped rooms, in flexible layouts including radial and is easy to install. Multiple upholstery options are available in a wide selection of contemporary materials.


The ARC One Turn & Learn™ lecture theatre seat is a highly sought after choice from the Turn and Learn™ range – ergonomically shaped, offering superior lumbar support whilst promoting correct posture. The chair is virtually maintenance free and extremely versatile, designed to support various usages whilst providing maximum comfort. Something which is of paramount importance in lecture theatres and auditoriums, where individuals frequently remain seated for longer periods of time.


For more information on Turn and Learn™ Seating Systems, or other education seating systems, contact Ferco Seating today.