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Equity

Equity refers to the concept of rightful fairness that recognizes and respects equality and justice for all at all times.

Examples of equity include environmental and communication design for the differently-abled and inclusion of facilities and opportunities that recognize diverse socio-economic and cultural differences.

Local and international examples of equity.

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The Learning Room

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The Learning Room in the Humanities 2 Building at La Trobe University was developed using the design principles of the SKG Project during 2009. This short video was shot as part of the SKG Project and shows the room in use for teaching.

More on the La Trobe Learning Room.

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Design Principles

The SKG project has established seven principles of learning space design which support a collaborative and student-centred  approach to learning:

  • Comfort: a space which creates a physical and mental sense of ease and well-being
  • Aesthetics: pleasure which includes the recognition of symmetry, harmony, simplicity and fitness for purpose
  • Flow: the state of mind felt by the learner when totally involved in the learning experience
  • Equity: consideration of the needs of cultural and physical differences
  • Blending: a mixture of technological and face-to-face pedagogical resources
  • Affordances: the “action possibilities” the learning environment provides the users, including such things as kitchens, natural light, wifi, private spaces, writing surfaces, sofas, and so on.
  • Repurposing: the potential for multiple usage of a space

Download the SKG Pamplet Creating Flexible Learning Spaces for an outline of the Seven Design Principles.

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