Arthur Shelley: Creative Spaces for Interactive Learning


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The spaces in which we engage with each other have a significant impact on how we interact and the experiences we have during these interactions. Recently there has been increasing research in the design of spaces and the activities that are best aligned with the outcomes we are trying to achieve. RMIT University's Swanston Academic Building has been specifically designed for interactive learning, with a wide range of learning space designs to enable student-centred learning. This interactive event organised by the Melbourne Knowledge management Leadership Forum briefly introduced participants to the building in the "conversational space" and then asked to explore other spaces to see what they would do in them. A report is available on the outcomes on the KMLF Meetup site.

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Arthur Shelley: Creative Spaces for Interactive Learning

  1. 1. 1Interactive Learning Spacesfor Knowledge Creation and TransferDr Arthur ShelleyRMIT UniversityMaterials courtesy of RMIT UniversityAcademic Development and Facilities Management Teams“Learning is not the product of teaching.Learning is the product of the activity of learners”John Holt
  2. 2. 2Building 80 Post Occupancy Evaluation“SAB’s innovative design and leading use of technology will promote new waysof learning, research and teaching. Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, College of BusinessBUILDING 80 SAB - COLLEGE OF BUSINESSRMIT University’s Building 80 on the Melbourne City campus forms part of RMIT’s state-of-the-artlearning and teaching precinct that has been designed to high quality and sustainable standards.
  3. 3. 34.1 Overview of Building 80 – SAB (Cont’)Building 80 Post Occupancy Evaluation"What an amazing building. Just powerful and exciting, To learn there and studythere would be extraordinary.“ Dr Kevin McCloud , Grand Designs
  4. 4. KMLF...Connecting Melbournes KM Community 4Learning andTeaching Spaces
  5. 5. 5”Research conducted on how students learn these days is interesting. Twenty Years ago it was allabout listening to the lecturer, the research today says students actually learn better fromthemselves in what’s referred to as peer-to-peer learning.” Carey Lyon, Director, Lyons Architects.
  6. 6. 6DISCURSIVE”Due to the design and configuration of the classrooms, it is more conducive to engage in student participation, hence it is mucheasier to include activities during class time.” SAB Online Survey Respondent
  7. 7. 7PROJECT BASED“The design of teaching and learning spaces has an important role to play in enriching the student experience withinthe learning environment, whilst also integrating it with new technologies,” Adrian Stanic, Director, Lyons Architects
  8. 8. 8“The use of display screens in project rooms provides many options for student activities.”“The interactive screens mean students can work together. Also the teacher is no longer hidden behind a computer desk.”SAB Post Occupancy Survey RespondentsKMLF...Connecting Melbournes KM Community
  9. 9. 9ENHANCED LECTURE”This is the biggest single-building project that RMIT has done in its history. It was RMITs biggest ever investment in an academic building.”“I’m ecstatic at the way this looks, I think this transforms learning and teaching and the student experience at RMIT”Professor Margaret Gardner, RMIT Vice-Chancellor
  10. 10. 10“The new theatres in the SAB are a dramatic improvement on the capital. The technologyin these theatres means we can have more confidence in walking into the room”SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  11. 11. 11One of the things I like most about the new building is “the new, large lecture theatresare clean and the AV works” Online Survey Respondent
  12. 12. 12“What I really like is “It looks great and feels very contemporary; the teaching spaces are wonderful;the location and proximity to the rest of the city campus.”SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  13. 13. 13“In designing RMIT SAB, our prime focus was to create a flexible environment that could extend the teaching and learning‘culture’, not only to provide for current needs but to facilitate the future evolution of pedagogical approaches. A broadpalette of teaching and learning spaces in the building reinforces this concept. Such spaces include curved, tiered formatlecture theatres with natural light and views to out to the street, through to interactive multimodal learning spaces andconversational style learning areas.” Adrian Stanic, Director, Lyons
  14. 14. 14INTERACTIVE LECTURE“What I really like is “It looks great and feels very contemporary; the teaching spaces are wonderful; the location andproximity to the rest of the city campus.” SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  15. 15. 15“The light, space and the ventilation” are things I really like about the building. “The teaching spacescan be great places to work when everything is working, and the sound proofing works well.”SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  16. 16. 16“The space, and the technology. cutting edge world class, high tech stuff. Where’s my jet pack!”SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  17. 17. 17LECTORIAL“The new spaces definitely enable me to have more human contact with the students at a physical level which is to thebenefit of all.”“The architecture supports what I was trying to do in Building 108. Now the building is working with me rather thanagainst me.” SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondents
  18. 18. 18INTERACTIVE TUTORIALThe design and technology in the classroom has enabled positive modification to the curriculum by allowing us to be “closer to the students, sothere’s better eye contact and it’s easier for the students to ask questions.” SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  19. 19. 19“Its a very modern and beautiful building. It has boldly incorporated features in L&T spaces that are stillhighly controversial. But thats part of the fun - its a grand experiment in itself.”SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  20. 20. 20“I dont have to move all the desks around for group work like I had to previously. I now can much more quickly get groupsto work on short exercises , for example, ask for a topic leader and have students move to that leaders table. Mature agestudents feel more relaxed, and get up and move around more. I am much less the centre of attention. I find whenstudents talk about their workplace, they talk to all the other students, whereas previously they would more often directcomments to me, even if I tried to shrink and hide somewhere in the class.” SAB Post Occupancy Survey Respondent
  21. 21. 21WORKPLACE ENABLED“True classroom flexibility is achieved through diversity in the learning and teaching spaces.”James Wilson , Principle, Lyons Architects
  22. 22. ActivityInteractive conversations in interactive spaces1. Walk though spaces with a “buddy” and discuss potential activities for each2. Write notes on strengths and limitations of spaces on your scorecard2. Return to this room by 7.00 PM, Collate comments3. Reflect on others ideas – engage in conversations4. Discuss our thoughts on how the spaces might be best used tooptimise knowledge creation and transfer5. Enjoy the interactions and flow of ideas …… and their impacts on the future of learning and educationRooms available to view tonight: Building.Level.Room80.10.6 80.10.7 & 80.10.18 80.10.11Interactive lecture Conversational spaces Project Space22KMLF...Connecting Melbournes KM Community
  23. 23. Your Scorecard (we will collate and report back)23Room Optimal for whatactivities?Strengths Limitations80.10.6InteractiveSpace80.10.7or80.10.18Conversational80.10.11ProjectKMLF...Connecting Melbournes KM Community
  24. 24. 24Interactive Learning Spaces for Knowledge Creationand TransferWant to know more?RMIT Building 80 KMLF: brief summary report on the event isavailable on KMLF Meetup site(Documents Tab).KMLF...Connecting Melbournes KM Community