Section 1 of this document begins by explaining the essence of an I-Lab. What makes it so powerful? Readers will come across the term ‘powerful learning environment’ and acquaint themselves with the five characteristics that must be present for such an environment to emerge. We explore the five characteristics in greater detail and reveal how they are interrelated. We also investigate various elements of these characteristics, such as the issue to be examined, the learning process and professional excellence. What do we mean when we use these terms?
Section 2 presents additional considerations that we hope will also prove clarifying to readers. These are recurring concepts that can be interpreted in differing ways, depending on the viewer’s perspective.
The final section, Section 3, describes various different approaches to designing a powerful learning environment like the I-Lab. Those involved in the design process experience it as an iterative, exploratory, and instructive process of development.