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Wise and Marples - Learning Space Design - ETUG Fall Workshop 2009

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Wise and Marples - Learning Space Design - ETUG Fall Workshop 2009

  1. 1. Designing Learning Spaces in Physical and Virtual Settings Alyssa Wise Assistant Professor of Education Educational Technology & Learning Design Program Simon Fraser University Justin Marples Director of Classroom Services University of British Columbia Fall 2009 Workshop
  2. 3. Overview <ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Learning Spaces Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Key Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Design Principles with Physical & Virtual Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Take-Aways & Looking Forward </li></ul>
  3. 4. Definitions: What Does it Mean to Design &quot;Spaces&quot; For Learning? <ul><li>Creating an environment or setting in which learning interactions will occur </li></ul><ul><li>Different kinds of spaces facilitate certain kinds of interactions and hinder others </li></ul>
  4. 5. Analysis of Learning Spaces
  5. 6. Formal Learning spaces began as fixed and formal . . .
  6. 7. . . .but are now designed to be more dynamic and flexible.
  7. 8. The same progression can be seen for technology-enhanced learning spaces . . .
  8. 9. . . .which now support greater movement and collaboration
  9. 10. Even the design of virtual learning spaces is changing. . . . . . from a hierarchical push of information . . .
  10. 11. . . . to creating multiplexed spaces for user-driven interactions
  11. 12. Activity: Analysis of Learning Spaces <ul><li>Take a look at the two images of learning spaces. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What specific kinds of interactions are promoted by the design of the learning spaces? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What specific kinds of interactions are inhibited by the design of the learning spaces? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Designing Learning Spaces: Two Key Questions <ul><li>How can we design spaces with intentionality? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design needs to follows pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals, principles, instantiation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What mediates how that intentionality is taken up by the people in the space? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Soft” design - possibilities and probabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication of design intent via affordances </li></ul></ul>
  13. 16. Socio-Constructivist Principles for Designing Learning Spaces <ul><li>Current theories of learning conceive of: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge as a social construction - ideas are meaningful because of the societal context in which they exist </li></ul><ul><li>Learning as a process of building, testing negotiating and revising viable understandings of the world and becoming a participant in the knowledge practices of a community </li></ul>
  14. 17. Five Socio-Constructivist Principles for Designing Learning Spaces <ul><li>Provide opportunities for learners to interact and negotiate understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Incite engagement and ownership in learners </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualize learning in real communities that use the knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for active participation with respect to the communities </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for evolution of knowledge, learners, and the learning process </li></ul>
  15. 18. PRINCIPLE 1: PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNERS TO INTERACT AND NEGOTIATE UNDERSTANDINGS
  16. 21. PRINCIPLE 2: INCITE ENGAGEMENT AND OWNERSHIP IN LEARNERS
  17. 24. PRINCIPLE 3: CONTEXTUALIZE LEARNING IN REAL COMMUNITIES THAT USE THE KNOWLEDGE
  18. 27. PRINCIPLE 4: PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITIES
  19. 30. PRINCIPLE 5: ALLOW FOR EVOLUTION OF KNOWLEDGE, LEARNERS, AND THE LEARNING PROCESS
  20. 33. Key Takeaways <ul><li>Designing a learning space means to create an environment that facilitates pedagogically-valued interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Spaces should be designed for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-life Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution </li></ul></ul>
  21. 34. Pushing Forward <ul><li>How can we integrate the design of Physical and Virtual learning spaces to support each other? </li></ul>
  22. 35. Educational Technology & Learning Design Masters Degree Programs at http://www.SFUedtech.ca

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