When you think of ergonomics and how it applies to your learning, do you think of a chair? If so, you’re missing out on a lot. Ergonomics is the science of designing work systems that are safe, healthy, and efficient.
It’s all about how to best support people in their efforts by reducing the risk of injury and increasing productivity. The following are some ways that ergonomic positions can be applied to learning environments.
Bend It’s almost impossible to perform an activity without some form of bending. Using a standing desk or an adjustable desk is a good start, but if you’re still bent over long hours with your laptop in front of you, it’s time to modify your posture.
Start by pushing all the way back in your chair, and then move the chair around the room every so often to stretch your spine. Then take a short break to let your body rest.
Press Up If you’re working from a desk with a surface that raises the legs, then you can avoid forward or rearward slouching by standing up.
Standing up can also help to stimulate your circulation and improve blood flow to your head.
The Importance of Ergonomics
You should consider the process of learning to be a process, where it’s all about improving one’s skills and gaining experience. As such, it’s necessary to consider what’s necessary to support the learning process.
I’m not saying that there aren’t exceptions, but it’s a widely accepted tenet that effective learning starts with an effective space and a well-designed seating plan. Unfortunately, many people struggle with learning in the traditional classroom setting.
There is simply no space for informal, or private, learning. You’ll often find that people are reduced to complete isolation if they’re not in a cubicle, tucked away in a corner. Why? The vast majority of people have no idea how to go about getting help, or what to ask for, or where to turn.
How to Use Ergonomic Positioning for Learning
Perform learning exercises on a balance board or stool. move your weight back and forth. This works on coordination, balance, and strengthening muscle memory. This skill can be developed in the area of music, crafts, baking, etc. Open and close a series of drawers and cabinets.
Help your students develop both fine motor and visual spatial reasoning. Use a ceiling pull down or track light.
Give your students a light and teach them how to focus on a part of the wall or ceiling, depending on what they are learning about.
Sit up straight in a chair or stool. If you don’t use a chair, try to sit as straight as possible for at least five minutes each day. Maintain proper posture. For example, don’t lean forward when you’re writing or reading a paper.
Learning is all about being surrounded by a team, whether that’s the family you grew up with, or colleagues in your role at work.
If your work environment supports you and makes it possible for you to learn and grow as a result, then you are well on your way to achieving the level of productivity that will enable you to add real value to your company.