The project promotes equality of input because it requires teaching staff
to consider how the learning environment impacts on learners and make
changes. ‘Future Spaces’ also enhances the personalisation of space and access.
It gives broad access opportunities to experimental, virtual spaces that
are available to all on an equal basis – character and space are re-invented
within the virtual and physical and cultural signifiers are lost.
We are looking from buy-in from a range of institutions to experiment with
this new model – to get feedback on its suitability and to constantly
improve what we are doing. To this end we are
Running 3 dedicated one-day workshops at different points around the country, beginning October 2011
Selecting 5 willing participants from each conference who we will work through the complete change management system, addressing a particular area in their institution
Each of those 15 participants will go through the process and up with a real plan for refurbishing and repatriating of its existing spaces. We will then work with them to produce a usable virtual rendering of their project so that it can be experienced and tested with students and stakeholders.
Finally, we will present the complete toolkit to the sector for use and further development.
The workshops will be run as real, hands-on problems solving days
but will double as an introduction to the tools and techniques we’re putting
together to enable attendees to take these back to their institutions for
immediate use. At the workshops we would like
3 members of staff from each institution – a teacher, a corporate manager and your equivalents
Workshops will be facilitated by JISC, City College Norwich and Clever Atom
Each institutional group will receive all resources 2 weeks beforehand along with a set of guidance notes on any preparation (all cerebral, not practical!).
There will be opportunities to work with other institutions and contribute to their thinking and problem solving.
The tools: Change Management
The tools: Workshop question card packs
The tools: Workshop scenario card packs
This is where we get to the bit of this that is really useful to me – getting
your thoughts and ideas – let me kick you off with some questions that are
Is this going to be helpful?
Will people use it … or does the Principal get the last word in all cases?
Should we be adding something? Is there anything you guys use that could be useful if turned into a simple tool for others?
Is refurbishment even an issue now – or is everybody treading water until the sky falls in?
Does creating the model flythoughs add any appeal to joining in?
Is there an appetite for an online resource that gathers the best in new builds, refurbissments, future thinking etc – or does JISC and Futurelab have it covered?