The relation between the acoustics of open-plan study environments, well-being and learning performance of students.
Students in higher education work more and more in open plan work environments in addition to attending lectures in classrooms and lecture halls. Students work a large part of their time individually and in groups on assignments and in the near future, when e-learning will become more important, independent work on assignments will take place more often and as a result open work spaces will become more important. While noise is proved to be one of the most annoying factors in open-plan offices, it is important to study the influence of acoustics on performance and well-being of students in open-plan study environments. A healthy work and learning environment is essential, as we live a great part of our life in those places. An acoustically bad work environment may lead to a low cognitive performance, to increased fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances and a risk for cardiovascular diseases.