look like?look like?look like?look like?Peter MelloweLearning DesignerLearning EnvironmentsThe University of Melbourne????As presented atMay 28th 2013
class•room | ‘klas,room,-,room |nouna room, typically in aschool, in which a classof students is taught.
1903 2012“The teaching of typing was hindered by the lackof typewriters” George George, Director of AucklandTechnical School (AUT) 1902-1922
“Spaces are themselvesagents for change. Changedspaces will change practice.”JISC - Designing Spaces for Effective LearningBuilt in pedagogy“We spend a lot of time trying to changepeople. The thing to do is to change theenvironment and people will changethemselves.”Les Watson, pro vice-chancellor, GlasgowCaledonian University. (2006)
“Open Teaching - Thinning the walls”“Conceptualisation of the process of "thinning the walls" of a classroom, course, or other formalisededucational experience. Ideally, students gain required skills, requisite knowledge, self-efficacy, anddevelop their own personal learning network (PLN). Instructors guide the process using their ownPLNs, through a variety of teaching/learning experiences, and (distributed) scaffolding.The interactions between students here represent the notion of the gift economy. There are likelybetter ways to represent this type of interaction and student knowledge.”Alec CourosAlec Couros
“The best thing it does for my students is createcommunity in the classroom - I can see all thestudents, and I can get them interacting easily.”Lecturer“It is my favourite classroom on campus. I feelclose to the instructor and ready to learn.” Student“No matter where I sat in the room, I feel closelyconnected with the instructor.” StudentLeBaron Hall - Iowa State
Decenteredness“The single focal point at the front ofthe room sends a strong signalabout how learning will occur.”“Within the classroom it meansavoiding the message that the roomhas a front or a “privileged” space.”Nancy Van Note Chism (2006)Prof, School of EducationIndiana University