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Conference: Nouveaux espaces et nouveaux services: Learning centers

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et idea stores. MÉDIAQUITAINE, centre régional de formation aux carrières des bibliothèques
Bordeaux, 26the May

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    • 2010 The New Learning Environment: impact on staff and students Ellen Simons Learning and Innovation CentreNouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 1
    • Learning and Innovation Centre autonomy (= “la loi Pécresse” 2009)has been reality in the Netherlands since 1986 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreDutch universities:more than 20 years of experiencein creating their own policies as to crucial fields like:• Staffing• Finance• Educational approach• Facilities and buildings• ….. Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 4
    • 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 years Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based on the chosen policy of learning and teaching Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 happen Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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! Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreXplora Breda Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 9
    • 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) Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreExample:experience Avans universityBasic needs Avans students proved to be different fromSheffield 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 hours Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreTraditional education• Teacher-centered• Passive role for the student in the classroom• Subject-oriented learning• Limited use of information resources (one or two textbooks)• Learning happens at home/outside the classroom/the institution Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreModern education• Student-centered• Active role of the student in the classroom (problem- based learning, project learning)• Students formulate their own learning goals• Students select their own learning resources• Learning also happens inside the institution Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 14
    • Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Library• Students demand adequate resources to support the learning process: – Information resources – Computers – Rooms for group work – Support outside contact hours – Attractive environment (relax, play, drink, etc)• The traditional library must change into a rich learning environment• Library staff takes part in the educational process Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreVision on learning and teachingis leading• Connecting people:student – teacher – professional field• Recognising diversity• Creating knowledge• Establishing a dynamiclearning environmentphysical and virtual Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 16
    • Learning and Innovation CentreFrom library to learning centre:• Xplora provides social spaces, student services and studysupport, information resources, access to IT, and different kinds of workingenvironments, from comfortable seating for collaborative group work, to boardrooms for practice presentations. • Xplora is the social and academic hub of the campus. Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 17
    • Learning and Innovation Centre Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 18
    • Learning and Innovation CentreXplora visitors per year 2007-2010 1.383.994 1.377.2171,400,000 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 2010 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 19
    • Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of the Learning centre• Just a facility or a key element in the institution’s vision on teaching and learning? Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 20
    • 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.” JISC Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 21
    • 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.” JISC Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 22
    • Learning and Innovation CentrePositioning of Xplora in AvansUniversityXplora is part of the Learning and Innovation CentreThe Learning and Innovation Centre• Provides an integrated learning environment (physical and virtual)• Advises schools on the subject of adapting educational programs aimed at the optimum use of the learning environment Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 23
    • Learning and Innovation Centre Organisation Chart Learning and Innovation Centre Consultancy Research & Evaluation Quality management & Organizational development Management Virtual Learning Support Information Provision & Collection Management Services & Support Information Services Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 24
    • Learning and Innovation CentreMission and GoalsWe actively work on an inspiring learning and working environment inwhich lecturers, students and other professionals meet in innovativelearning processes.As a unique combination of teams of content experts and high qualityfacilities:1. We advise Avans University on relevant developments.2. We encourage and support innovation in learning and teaching.3. We promote excellence in learning and teaching.4. We provide a powerful learning and working environment.The Learning and Innovation Centre provides an integrated learningenvironment: the physical environment Xplora and the virtualenvironment Blackboard Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 25
    • Learning and Innovation CentreFactsheet 2011• Innovate• Excell• Learn• Advise Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 26
    • Learning and Innovation CentreInnovate• Supported innovation projects in 14 faculties• Supported 9 university-wide strategic projects• Provided application support to 4 Associated Degree programs• Developed Master plan Virtualization for 6 engineering faculties• Provided support to 6 faculties for assessment improvement• Introduced principles of Cognitive Load Theory in propaedeutic program of school of management• Conducted 4K video project• Hosted 97 videoconference sessions• Recognized by the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 27
    • Learning and Innovation CentreExcell• Hosted annual educational conference and three theme sessions for university faculty and staff• Hosted 35 study days for schools• Provided educational training for 267 lecturers• Provided 50 individual lecturer consultations• Provided 484 information literacy workshops• Hosted visits from domestic and foreign guests• Presented at 52 national and international conferences Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 28
    • Learning and Innovation CentreLearn• Hosted 1.4 million visitors in Xplora• Added 6,700 books, 660 subscriptions and 40 databases to collection of educational resources• 158,000 resources borrowed• Provided 189 guided tours in Xplora• Provided 448 introductions to Xplora• Facilitated 3.3 million visitors, 10,000 courses, 9,650 digital portfolios and 1.4 million documents in Blackboard• Facilitated Online Languages Training and MS- Office training for faculties• Published dissertation by students from 13 schools in the national repository• Checked 18,000 papers for plagiarism Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 29
    • Learning and Innovation CentreAdvise• Hosted 27 decision room sessions• Conducted 33 advisory processes on quality assurance• Provided extensive support on the accreditation process for 13 majors• Provided support for the development and implementation of two new bachelor programs• Conducted 13 preliminary accreditation audits• Started preparation for the institutional audit• Conducted 40 research projects including the student satisfaction survey• Developed retention scan on school and university level• Provided coordination on accreditation processes and developed educational guidelines• Attended 118 domestic and international conferences Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 30
    • Learning and Innovation CentreDemo webcolleges Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 31
    • Learning and Innovation CentreOrganizational consequences• Position of the learning centre towards education changes: from the side-line to midfield.• New role of information specialist• Role of information specialist comparable to educational policy advisors: comparable to educational policy advisor: both support educational development and delivery• The Library has merged into the Learning and Innovation Centre Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation Centre Partner to education• Strong contacts with school faculty to ensure adequate connection between service (supply) and users wishes (demand)• To meet school faculty needs working- relations between Learning Centre and schools must be built and maintained• Within Learning Centre a new function of Information Specialist: primary tasks translating schools wishes towards Learning Centre, advising school faculty on possibilities of Learning Centre in offering support to education Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreThe New Way• Fixed, recognizable contact persons for each school• Information specialists (new function) still get additional training (specifically in school- directed aspects) allowing a pro-active approach to wishes schools have as to Learning Centre facilities• A team of subject librarians and information specialist is allocated, specialised on knowledge area of that particular school• Cooperation with educational policy advisors in education-development teams within schools, thus improving quality of information supply• Do user research and feedback groups on regular basis Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreInformation specialist • Advise assigned schools about possibilities of Xplora • Analyse the information needs of students, teachers and management of schools and translate the outcomes to activity plans • Participate in course design teams • Build and keep up relevant networks • Develop and evaluate products and services of Xplora • Draw up collection profiles, develop and execute collection evaluations • Make a contribution to the position of the Xplora through presentation and promotion of products and services • Give specialist instructions in information literacy, etc Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreConsequences for Xplora Staff• Relationship to student changes• Relationship to teacher changes• Different competences• Formal training programme in collaboration with Avans library school set up as a pilot for other polytechnic libraries staff in the Netherlands – wiki’s, weblogs, vodcast/podcast, google-scholar/printing, digital collection development, search engines, digital rights management etc.) – advisory skills – educational knowledge – culture shift from control-directed to student-directed, result- oriented and customer-directed Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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) Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreTraining programme 2006-2011• 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 2.0 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 39
    • 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 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreNew services Xplora• Teacher’s centre including new technology experimental zone• Student Centre• Mobile Learning Support Pit• Videowalls• Silence workplaces• Relax places• Reading Café• Instruction/presentation room• Signage• Art• …….. Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011 41
    • 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 study Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 knowledge Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreObservation 1 • Facilities and buildings should be designed based on the chosen policy of learning and teaching Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 happen Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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! Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • 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 Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011
    • Learning and Innovation CentreFurther Information:• Ellen Simons E-mail: pmg.simons@avans.nl• Video “Xplora, Discover it yourself”: http://www.surfmedia.nl/app/video/QV1wz15xVfVrqwzfstEEcDNT /play?format_id=6pyORf6BDHfvNVuLSXWGI4Cj&mode=url• 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.pdf• Website Learning and Innovation Centre http://lic.avans.nl/ Nouveaux espaces, nouveaux services : learning centers et idea-stores 26th May 2011