2010          The Key Role of Xplora in the              Educational Concept              of Avans University             ...
Learning and Innovation Centre                autonomy        (= “la loi Pécresse” 2009)has been reality in the Netherland...
Learning and Innovation CentreDutch universities:more than 20 years of experience in creating their own policies as to cru...
Learning and Innovation CentreAvans University of Applied Sciences• 3 locations• 24.000 students• 103 bachelor programs• 5...
Learning and Innovation CentreConcerning the 2009 Frenchreport on learning centers              Four observations based on...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based   on the chosen policy of ...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 2• “Learning and understanding”   does happen (or not) in the student’s head• Th...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 3• Does the teaching-concept change?   change facilities accordingly!• Does the...
Learning and Innovation CentreXplora BredaLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ?   7 december 2010   9
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 4• But do not copy other universities’ successful  choices blindly:     your stu...
Learning and Innovation CentreExample:experience Avans university Basic needs Avans students proved to be different from S...
Learning and Innovation Centre       Traditional educationLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ?   7 december ...
Learning and Innovation Centre                 Modern educationLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ?   7 dece...
Learning and Innovation CentreThe influence of the learningenvironment“We know that space can have a significant impact  o...
Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Library• Adequate resources• Library staff becomes  part of educational  pr...
Learning and Innovation CentreVision on learning and teachingis leading• Connecting people:student – teacher – professiona...
Learning and Innovation Centre From library to          The New Learning EnvironmentLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA...
Learning and Innovation CentreLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ?   7 december 2010   18
Learning and Innovation CentreXplora visitors per year 2007-20091,450,000                                                 ...
Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of the Learning centre• Just a facility or a key element in the institution’s vi...
Learning and Innovation CentreFacility or Strategic instrument?  “A learning space should be able to motivate learners and...
Learning and Innovation CentreKey element in strategic vision:  “What is important is that designs of physical spaces are ...
Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of Xplora in AvansUniversityXplora as part ofLearning and Innovation Centre:• Pr...
Learning and Innovation CentreOrganizational consequences•    Position: from side-line to centre•    New role: information...
Learning and Innovation CentrePartner to education•   Strong contacts with school faculty•   Working-relations between Lea...
Learning and Innovation CentreThe New Way• Contact-persons for each school• A pro-active approach• Subject-teams• Close co...
Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Xplora Staff• Relationship to student changes• Relationship to teacher chan...
Learning and Innovation CentreLearning Centre Staff 2005-2009• New job descriptions set up with team members (2005)• Reorg...
Learning and Innovation CentreTraining programme 2006-2010• Training programma library school:  wiki’s, weblogs, vodcast/p...
Learning and Innovation CentreNear Future 2010-2012• Because of new services a  further improvements of the  Xplora’s buil...
Learning and Innovation CentreConclusions (1):Student surveys 2008-2010: 8.000 responses/year• Primary use for group work...
Learning and Innovation CentreConclusion (2): Library merged intoLearning and Innovation CentreMutual benefit:• “Library s...
Learning and Innovation CentreConclusion (3): General• Xplora is widely known even outside  the professional field• Xplora...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based   on the chosen policy of ...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 2• “Learning and understanding”   does happen (or not) in the student’s head• Th...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 3• Does the teaching-concept change?   change facilities accordingly!• Does the...
Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 4• But do not copy other universities’ successful  choices blindly:     your stu...
Learning and Innovation CentreFurther Information:• Ellen Simons  E-mail: pmg.simons@avans.nl• Video “Xplora, Discover it ...
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  1. 1. 2010 The Key Role of Xplora in the Educational Concept of Avans University Ellen Simons Learning and Innovation CentreLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 1
  2. 2. Learning and Innovation Centre autonomy (= “la loi Pécresse” 2009)has been reality in the Netherlands since 1986LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  3. 3. Learning and Innovation CentreDutch universities:more than 20 years of experience in creating their own policies as to crucial fields like: • Staffing • Finance • Educational approach • Facilities and buildings • …..LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  4. 4. Learning and Innovation CentreAvans University of Applied Sciences• 3 locations• 24.000 students• 103 bachelor programs• 5 master programs• 1 Learning and Innovation Center• 22 research groups Den Bosch Breda• 2.000 staff Tilburg LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 4
  5. 5. Learning and Innovation CentreConcerning the 2009 Frenchreport on learning centers Four observations based on our own experience with a learning center over the last 5 yearsLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  6. 6. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based on the chosen policy of learning and teachingLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  7. 7. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 2• “Learning and understanding” does happen (or not) in the student’s head• The university’s task is to actively stimulate this process• The traditional way of whole class teaching is only one out of many ways to make this happenLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  8. 8. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 3• Does the teaching-concept change?  change facilities accordingly!• Does the teaching-concept change fundamentally?  change the ‘experience’ by changing the facilities in an architectural striking way!LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  9. 9. Learning and Innovation CentreXplora BredaLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 9
  10. 10. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 4• But do not copy other universities’ successful choices blindly: your students may have different needs because their situation is different• (Example: experience Avans university)LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  11. 11. Learning and Innovation CentreExample:experience Avans university Basic needs Avans students proved to be different from Sheffield students • Characterization Dutch students: – 70% still live at home – have excellent ICT facilities at home • Outcome – Avans Learning Centre never had nighttime opening hours – Only low interest for weekend opening hoursLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  12. 12. Learning and Innovation Centre Traditional educationLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  13. 13. Learning and Innovation Centre Modern educationLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  14. 14. Learning and Innovation CentreThe influence of the learningenvironment“We know that space can have a significant impact on teaching and learning. Exactly how we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy will continue to evolve.”Diane G. Oblinger, Space as a change agent in Learning Spaces, Educause, 2006“Spaces are themselves agents forchange. Changed spaces will change practice.” JISC, Designing Spaces for Effective Learning: Aguide to 21st century learning space design, 2006 LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 14
  15. 15. Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Library• Adequate resources• Library staff becomes part of educational process• Library must change into a rich learning environmentLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  16. 16. Learning and Innovation CentreVision on learning and teachingis leading• Connecting people:student – teacher – professional field• Recognising diversity• Creating knowledge• Establishing a dynamiclearning environmentphysical and virtualLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 16
  17. 17. Learning and Innovation Centre From library to The New Learning EnvironmentLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 17
  18. 18. Learning and Innovation CentreLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 18
  19. 19. Learning and Innovation CentreXplora visitors per year 2007-20091,450,000 1,383,9941,400,000 1,354,7371,350,0001,300,0001,250,0001,200,000 1,155,9181,150,0001,100,0001,050,0001,000,000 2007 2008 2009 LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 19
  20. 20. Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of the Learning centre• Just a facility or a key element in the institution’s vision on teaching and learning?LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 20
  21. 21. Learning and Innovation CentreFacility or Strategic instrument? “A learning space should be able to motivate learners andpromote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide a personalised and inclusive environment, and be flexible in the face of changing needs.” JISCLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 21
  22. 22. Learning and Innovation CentreKey element in strategic vision: “What is important is that designs of physical spaces are linked to the institution’s strategic vision for teaching and learning, and that this is articulated in every detail of the design and shared with all stakeholders, including learners.” JISCLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 22
  23. 23. Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of Xplora in AvansUniversityXplora as part ofLearning and Innovation Centre:• Provides an integrated learning environment (physical and virtual)• Advisory role towards schools on the subject of educational programsLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  24. 24. Learning and Innovation CentreOrganizational consequences• Position: from side-line to centre• New role: information specialist• Role of information specialist comparable to educational policy advisors• Library merged into Learning and Innovation CentreLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  25. 25. Learning and Innovation CentrePartner to education• Strong contacts with school faculty• Working-relations between Learning Centre and schools must be built and maintained• Important role for information specialist LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  26. 26. Learning and Innovation CentreThe New Way• Contact-persons for each school• A pro-active approach• Subject-teams• Close cooperation with educational policy advisors• User research and feedback groupsLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  27. 27. Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Xplora Staff• Relationship to student changes• Relationship to teacher changes• Different competences needed• Special staff training-programmeLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  28. 28. Learning and Innovation CentreLearning Centre Staff 2005-2009• New job descriptions set up with team members (2005)• Reorganization (July/October 2005)• Board approval of staff formation plan 2005-2008 (September 2005) New job descriptions Increase of staff in 2006/2007 of 18 fte’s (35 fte’s  53 fte’s) (opening Xplora’s in 2006 and 2007)• Training program for all staff (November 2005-today)LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  29. 29. Learning and Innovation CentreTraining programme 2006-2010• Training programma library school: wiki’s, weblogs, vodcast/podcast, google- scholar/printing, digital collection development, search engines, digital rights management , project management etc.)• advisory skills• educational knowledge• culture shift from control-directed to student-directed, result- oriented and customer-directed• E-learning• Advisory skills and negotiating techniques• Broader knowledge of the learning environment• English• Web 2.0LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010 29
  30. 30. Learning and Innovation CentreNear Future 2010-2012• Because of new services a further improvements of the Xplora’s buildings• Expansion Xplora Den Bosch• New “Engineering” Xplora in Breda LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  31. 31. Learning and Innovation CentreConclusions (1):Student surveys 2008-2010: 8.000 responses/year• Primary use for group work and pc- applications• High occupancy rate• Environment described as attractive and inviting• Service level judged as high• High demand of teacher presence• Wish for more PCs and more outlets• Wish for more workspaces for quiet studyLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  32. 32. Learning and Innovation CentreConclusion (2): Library merged intoLearning and Innovation CentreMutual benefit:• “Library staff” have more appreciation for educational processes• Educational policy advisors have improved understanding of the relationship between information and knowledgeLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  33. 33. Learning and Innovation CentreConclusion (3): General• Xplora is widely known even outside the professional field• Xplora is a highly successful concept (1,4 million visitors in 2009)• Staff involvement and training important• Continuous improvement• Student population increases from 19.000 to 24.000 students since opening new buildings in 2006 LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  34. 34. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based on the chosen policy of learning and teachingLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  35. 35. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 2• “Learning and understanding” does happen (or not) in the student’s head• The university’s task is to actively stimulate this process• The traditional way of whole class teaching is only one out of many ways to make this happenLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  36. 36. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 3• Does the teaching-concept change?  change facilities accordingly!• Does the teaching-concept change fundamentally?  change the ‘experience’ by changing the facilities in an architectural striking way!LEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  37. 37. Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 4• But do not copy other universities’ successful choices blindly: your students may have different needs because their situation is differentLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010
  38. 38. Learning and Innovation CentreFurther Information:• Ellen Simons E-mail: pmg.simons@avans.nl• Video “Xplora, Discover it yourself”: http://www.surfmedia.nl/app/video/QV1wz15xVfVrqwzfstEEc DNT/play?format_id=6pyORf6BDHfvNVuLSXWGI4Cj&mode=u rl• Article : The New Learning Environment: Impact on Staff and Students / Ellen Simons Liber Quarterly, october 2010 http://liber.library.uu.nl/publish/articles/000507/article.pdfLEARNING CENTRES : VERS UN MODELE A LA FRANCAISE ? 7 december 2010

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