University Learning Spaces - Disciplinary Perspectives - Activities

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Slides containing a selection of activities related to learning spaces in HE. A selection of these activities could be used in a workshop with the presentation, University Learning Spaces - Disciplinary Perspectives – Introduction.

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  • Also see the Introductory presentation on Learning Spaces, Learning Spaces Introduction.
  • The photographs are available as printable files, or can be downloaded from Flickr or as a zip file from the Disciplinary Thinking website. The questions are meant to be prompts and used where they spark discussion.
  • Distinctive Classroom By Daniel Nugent - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannohung/4576122/
  • National Museum of Natural History by YoTuT - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yotut/3575655214/in/photostream/
  • Language lab – by Eric E Castro – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecastro/3017586278/
  • The Interactive Classroom by azwaldo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/azwaldo/3263873581/in/photostream
  • My classroom in Bonn by Evan Bench - http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/2296270551/
  • Edinburgh library by learningspaceTK - http://www.flickr.com/photos/learningspacetoolkit/7139329703/
  • Renovated Library Space, SSW, by University of Michigan MSIS - http://www.flickr.com/photos/umich-msis/6443297929/
  • Cook and Llewelyn Mews, by University of Exeter – http://www.flickr.com/photos/26126239@N02/6813044228/
  • Test: lab setup, by Armandas - http://www.flickr.com/photos/armandas/5703556260/in/photostream
  • By Loughborough University Library - http://www.flickr.com/photos/loughboroughuniversitylibrary/3351304714/
  • Outhouse - Temperate Field Study Centre, by Ecotrust Canada - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37457628@N00/3419194475/
  • Bert’s Student Study Lounge, Shapiro Library, by University of Michigan MSIS - http://www.flickr.com/photos/umich-msis/6443297367/in/photostream/
  • This could be a preparatory activity. Students might post their images, and perhaps their notes, online. Alternatively, they could print them out to talk about in a workshop. A later activity suggests that they write a manifesto for developing the learning spaces they currently use, so it would be useful to record the notes on this activity.
  • After trying this yourself you might consider asking your students to do this 5-minute activity. They could write anonymously and hand in what they write, or you could follow up with a short discussion.
  • You could also look on YouTube and iTunesU for marketing-style descriptions of what the campus offers.§
  • University Learning Spaces - Disciplinary Perspectives - Activities

    1. 1. Disciplinary ThinkingLearning Spaces - Activities velcr0, via Flickr, CC-BY http://www.flickr.com/photos/velkr0/3472576304/ 1
    2. 2. Activities to introduce the topic and encourage discussion mages 1: Places for learning? mages 2: Teaching space audit avourite learning space hotostories 2
    3. 3. 1. Places for learning?ook at the photographs of teaching spaces (on the followingslides)hoose 3 or 4 and, for each of these, jot down notes on thefollowing:• What conception of teaching and learning do you think informed the design of this space? (What kind(s) of learning is this space intended to support?)• Where (if at all) does this sort of learning fit into your discipline? Give an example.• How flexible is this space?• How many people could it accommodate?• Do you and/or your students work in this kind of space?• What would you and the students be doing in a space like this? Where do you go in the space? Are there distinct areas for teacher and/or students? 3
    4. 4. Distinctive Classroom By Daniel Nugent - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannohung/4576122/ 4
    5. 5. National Museum of Natural History by YoTuT - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yotut/3575655214/in/photostream/ 5
    6. 6. Language lab – by Eric E Castro – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecastro/3017586278/ 6
    7. 7. The Interactive Classroom by azwaldo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/azwaldo/3263873581/in/photostream 7
    8. 8. My classroom in Bonn by Evan Bench - http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/2296270551/ 8
    9. 9. Edinburgh library by learningspaceTK - http://www.flickr.com/photos/learningspacetoolkit/7139329703/ 9
    10. 10. Renovated Library Space, SSW, by University of Michigan MSIS - http://www.flickr.com/photos/umich-msis/6443297929/ 10
    11. 11. Cook and Llewelyn Mews, by University of Exeter – http://www.flickr.com/photos/26126239@N02/6813044228/ 11
    12. 12. Test: lab setup, by Armandas - http://www.flickr.com/photos/armandas/5703556260/in/photostream 12
    13. 13. Outhouse - Temperate Field Study Centre, by Ecotrust Canada - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37457628@N00/3419194475/ 13
    14. 14. Outhouse - Temperate Field Study Centre, by Ecotrust Canada - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37457628@N00/3419194475/ 14
    15. 15. Photo by University of Michigan MSISBert’s Student Study Lounge, Shapiro Library, by University of Michigan MSIS - http://www.flickr.com/photos/umich-msis/6443297367/in/photostream/ 15
    16. 16. 2. Teaching space auditake a photograph of a physical space that you teach inist all the things that are in the roomark on the list the item that is least necessary to the teaching and learning(If you had to remove something from the room what would it be?)ark on the list all the other things that could be dispensed with.hat model(s) of learning and teaching was this room designed to support?ow do you actually use it?s there anything you would like to have in the room that is not there now?How would this addition improve the teaching and/or learning?ow go through your notes and consider what they tell you about learningand teaching in your discipline, in the spaces that you currently use. If 16
    17. 17. 3. Favourite learning space5 minutes free writing Topic: A place where you like to work. Where is it and what is it like? What equipment/furniture is there? Any other features or facilities? What kind of work do you do there? Why do you like working in this place?Discussion: Was the place you chose very specific toyour discipline or could anyone work there easily? Doyour students work in places like this? 17
    18. 18. 4. Photostoriesollect digital photographs of the spaces where you andyour students work. Take photographs yourself andask your students to do the same. You could alsoinvolve colleagues.pload the images to a place where you and yourstudents – and colleagues perhaps - can view them.This might be in your VLE.nvite students and/or colleagues to a half-hourdiscussion. 18
    19. 19. Ownership & institutional prioritiesThese two short activities aim to raiseawareness of the range of people – apart fromstudents and tutors – who have an interest inthe spaces used for teaching and learning.5. Competing interests6. Learning space language 19
    20. 20. 5. Competing interests?Who are the people who have an interest in thelearning spaces located in your department ordisciplinary area? Spend 2 minutes jotting downyour own list and then compare notes withsomeone else. • If you are not sure, start by listing the people you would need to consult in order to make changes to a room in which you teach (minor and major changes). 20
    21. 21. 6. Learning spaces and languageollect together four or five descriptions of thelearning environment in your own and otherinstitutions (200-300 words in total). Aninstitution’s online prospectus might be a goodsource.ind the 3 most commonly occurring words(exempting words such as ‘a’, ‘the’).ou could do this yourself by counting the instances ofparticular words, or you could get a visual representationby pasting your descriptions in to Wordle (www.wordle.net ). Does this suggest anything about how 21
    22. 22. Reflection and actionThe writing activities in this section could beused for assessment, perhaps as part of aportfolio.7. Reflection8. Making a case for change9. Ideal learning space 22
    23. 23. 7. ReflectionWrite about 200-500 words in response to thisquestion:How does space impact on my teaching and mystudents’ learning? 23
    24. 24. 8. Making a case for changeChoose one of these:1.Draft a case for developing and refurbishingone learning space in your department, to putto the Head of Department.2.Draft a manifesto on learning space in yourdiscipline. The target audience for this would beother academics in your discipline. 24
    25. 25. 9. Ideal learning spaceChoose one of these 1. Write a near-future prospectus entry for your department, imagining that you are writing at a time when physical and virtual learning spaces are ideal for the discipline 2. Write 200-300 words describing your ideal teaching space 25
    26. 26. Learning Resource MetadataField/Element Value:Title Disciplinary Thinking - Learning Spaces: Activities Slides containing a selection of activities related to learning spaces in HigherDescription Education. A selection of these activities could be used in a workshop with the presentation, University Learning Spaces - Introducation.Theme Learning SpacesSubject HE - EducationAuthor Jane Hughes & Colleen McKenna: HEDERA, 2012Owner The University of Bath Educational developers in accredited programmes & courses in higherAudience education.Issue Date 20/04/2012Last updated Date 03/07/2012Version FinalPSF Mapping A1, A4, K3, K4License Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. ukoer, education, discthink, disciplinary thinking, hedera, university of bath,Keywords omac, learning spaces, classroom design, mobile learning, e-learning, learning environment, student experience, learning technologies, e-learning 26

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