About Learning Environments

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Mrs. Toni KELLY (Associate Director, Learning Environment, Information Technology Services, HKU)

http://citers2013.cite.hku.hk/en/opening-panel.htm

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About Learning Environments

  1. 1. CITERS2013Toni Kelly; Associate DirectorLearning Environments1
  2. 2. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationSome thoughts about space:•Universities have large and complex Estates•Space is a scarce and expensive resource•Learning Spaces represent a fraction of the Estate•But….•They are where the student experiences theUniversity2
  3. 3. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationWhat are some of the drivers for this change?– student’s study needs have and are continuing to change– the delivery of teaching has changed– technology is changing at an exponential rate– employers want students with key transferable skills– learning spaces demonstrate an institution’s intent to itsstudents– Student make choices on facilities as well as academicachievements3
  4. 4. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationStudents today:-– digital natives or ”residents” or ”visitors”– web-based browsing, social networking as learning– prevalence of texting, blogging, tweeting and more…– multi-taskers– collaborative – face to face and via technology– impatient– relish discovery– "likely have a career that doesnt exist now"4
  5. 5. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationThe design of Learning Spaces needs to:– accommodate a range of activity and learningrelationships• Instructional/didactic, didactic & group, (un)supervised group and/or independent– accommodate a wide range of technologies• Students immersed in the digital environment, are still occupyingphysical space– access to power and wireless networks– be comfortable, good ventilation, lighting etc.– avoid being too complicated 5
  6. 6. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationTaking a strategic approach to Learning Space Design– there is no “one size fits all” design– a wider and more diverse range of learning spaces forexisting, new and future methods of delivery of T&L• informal, formal, traditional, collaborative, active learning• multiple display screens, wireless, BYOD, clickers, etc.• libraries, cafes, corridors, outside classrooms, outdoors– we need spaces which are easy to change, adaptable/agile• layout from class to class, does it have wheels?• physically to accommodate new activities, perhaps unknowntoday6
  7. 7. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher EducationTaking a strategic approach to Learning Space Design– we must think differently about the internal developmentof spaces• we have to work collaboratively with colleagues• take lessons from the shopping mall perhaps– change of use/user can happen very rapidly– our spaces need to be just as agile– this presents challenges• change in culture/philosophy• worries about quality• impact on funding, value for money?7
  8. 8. New Learning Environments:Changed Practices in Higher Education8Picture courtesy of Irwan Ahmet, Artist and Designer

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