a framework for designing student learning environments for the future

Workshop: Designing Learning Spaces for the Future

The role of the university campus is changing in subtle and important ways.
Today,  student ‘timescapes’ typically involve moving between places to work,
study, sleep, eat, and play, and the boundaries between these places are now
less distinct as wireless networks, laptops, smart phones, and iPads afford
greater flexibility and mobility. Yet learning spaces are still being designed
with traditional ‘chalk and talk’ modes in mind — arguably to the detriment of
learning outcomes.
This  workshop uses findings and methods from the ALTC-funded Spaces for
Knowledge Generation project to provide novel ways to inform learning space
design with student perspectives. It will give you an opportunity to apply some
of these techniques to the design of learning spaces within your own
institution. Guest presenters include Prof Shirley Alexander (UTS),  Dr Susan
Sherringham (UTS), and Dr Gordon Howell (QUT).

Sydney Workshop: July 21st, 10am – 3pm

University of Technology, Sydney
Thomas Room, Aerial Function Centre
Level 7, Building 10
(Corner of Jones and Thomas St)

Please note that while the formal program will conclude at 3pm, we invite you to stay and chat informally over coffee and tea until 3.30pm.

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Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces book

IGI Global ImageThe edited book on learning space design leading on from the Spaces for Knowledge Generation project is now available for pre-order. There are further details including the preface on the IGI Global website:

Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment documents real-world experiences of innovators in higher education who have redesigned spaces for learning and teaching. The redefined spaces encompass a broader range of physical, virtual, formal, informal, blended, flexible, and time sensitive factors.

You can order it on Amazon.com.

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FLM Collaborative Teaching & Learning Room

As part of a major refurbishment of the third floor of the Martin Building at La Trobe University, SKG Project Team member Matthew Riddle developed a proposal based on SKG principles of learning space design and using observations from the study tour and ideas generated from the project. This proposal was approved in 2009 and works completed during 2010. A second room, DWB-222, is now being fitted out with similar features for use in 2011.

Photograph of Room MB-362A showing reconfigurable furniture.

The Collaborative Teaching & Learning Room in the Faculty of Law and Management at La Trobe University

The new collaborative teaching and learning space has the following key features:

  • Support for up to 25 students working collaboratively in teams at tables;
  • Two break out spaces for informal learning or observations;
  • 9 flip top tables that can be quickly and easily reconfigured for separate group work, or in a U-shape for meetings;
  • A trolley with 8 cross-platform laptops for use in classes;
  • Two mobile collaborative workstations (MoCoWs) to facilitate collaborative teamwork;
  • ClassSpot interactive classroom software;
  • An adjoining board room with moveable wall to accommodate classes of up to 40 in the combined space, also fitted out with flexible furniture;
  • 5 Huddleboard whiteboards with ledge and trays for storage and display.
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