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Learning Spaces - the Final Frontier in Educational Development

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A presentation delivered on the Learn Live Stage at BETT 2017 on Learning Spaces in Higher Education, the Challenges, Benefits and meaning to Educational Development

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Learning Spaces - the Final Frontier in Educational Development

  1. 1. Learning Spaces: the Final Frontier in Educational Development @santanuvasant #bett17 Image: B200 Lecture Theatre, City, University of London
  2. 2. Overview Where is the research in Learning Spaces now?1 2 3 4 What are the challenges of new Learning Spaces? What are the benefits of new Learning Spaces? How does this all link into educational development? @santanuvasant | #bett17
  3. 3. What do you understand by a learning space? @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  4. 4. What do you understand by a learning space? @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said…
  5. 5. Where is the research in Learning Spaces now? @santanuvasant | #bett17 Image: ELG01,Lecture Theatre, City, University of London
  6. 6. A very abridged version of research so far… In recent times it started again Oblinger (2005) and her EDUcause book There was SCALE-UP (2007), putting the teacher in the centre More recently, in the UK, we had the UCISA Learning Spaces Toolkit (2016) taking all the findings and sythesising them for a technical audience Australia has a lot of research into this area one such book is Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Positive Outcomes by Design (2008) 1 2 3 4
  7. 7. Challenges in Learning Spaces @santanuvasant | #bett17@santanuvasant | #bett17 Image: CC Public Domain
  8. 8. “…education is on the brink of being transformed through learning technologies; however, it has been on that brink for some decades now.” Professor Diana Laurillard, London Knowledge Lab, IoE, UCL (Laurillard, 2008, p1) @santanuvasant | #bett17
  9. 9. Medieval Learning Spaces What do you notice? Image: Bologna, 1350s CC Public Domain @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  10. 10. Medieval Learning Spaces What do you notice? Image: Bologna, 1350s CC Public Domain @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said…
  11. 11. A very challenging area of educational development, but why?... Teaching was until the 1800s*, a private thing between the teacher and students… then inspections etc arrived We are moving slowly from a teacher-centred to a student-centred curriculum Structures and politics in education and technology adoption (Selwyn & Facer, 2014) are difficult to navigate – Learning Spaces involves a multi-stakeholder engagement (Estates, IT/AV, Academic Development etc) In higher education, the academic is autonomous (compared to a School teacher) 1 2 3 4 *approximately
  12. 12. “…In light of this apparent disparity it seems appropriate that the field of educational technology begins also to question that could be termed ‘state-of-actual’.” Professor Neil Selwyn, Monash University, Australia (2008) @santanuvasant | #bett17
  13. 13. Benefits in Learning Spaces @santanuvasant | #bett17 CC Public Domain
  14. 14. Some very big benefits in this area of educational development... The way a room is laid out can have a big impact on the activities you can do in the space with ease You can move around the space yourself more, giving students more control You only see students for a small time in their learning journey so not do something more than talk at them Changing your teaching style can make your students more employable 1 2 3 4 *approximately
  15. 15. Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Positive Outcomes by Design (2008)
  16. 16. Modern Learning Spaces What do you notice? Image: University of New Mexico, 2000s @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  17. 17. Modern Learning Spaces What do you notice? Image: University of New Mexico, 2000s @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said… “Creating a narrative of agency, rather than compliance.” “Lots of student writing space” “Movement, practice, activity.” “Flexible, encouraging interaction” “Mics on the tables” “hands on work” “Teachers as facilitators.” “Team work”
  18. 18. “… Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team..” Dr John C Maxwell @santanuvasant | #bett17
  19. 19. Are you a teacher-centred or student-centred teacher? @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  20. 20. Are you a teacher-centred or student-centred teacher? @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said…
  21. 21. What type of teacher-centred or student-centred activities do you do in your teaching? @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  22. 22. What type of teacher-centred or student-centred activities do you do in your teaching? @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said… student designed project based learning Guided reflection Self assessment Debates Groupwork Listen Role-based activities Speak with students - not AT them Polling! Jigsaw activities Peer teaching CBC Metacognition
  23. 23. It starts with constructive alignment in your teaching... What do you want your students to learn? Learning Outcomes How will you know they have learnt something? Assessment Tasks The last point is most often left out by many teachers, dependent on their level of experience? (Nicholls, 2005) How will you get them to this place of learnt? Learning Activities 1 2 3 4 LO ATLA Constructive Alignment, Biggs and Tang (2011)
  24. 24. What does this all mean? @santanuvasant | #bett17 CC Public Domain
  25. 25. What do you to after a CPD session? @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  26. 26. What do you to after a CPD session? @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said… Have a little cry to myself Try it Depends, reflect, inform network Take one key idea and share with colleagues Discuss with peers Think about how I can improve students' experiences
  27. 27. @santanuvasant | #bett17 There is a gap in the development of staff in higher education Without reward or recognition, staff usually don’t engage What is your CPD offer to staff ? What about the experienced staff? Can they be seconded to carry out a project? All areas of education – Primary to Higher, the excellent institutions have strong leadership and direction and a culture of experimentation Do you have a Community of Practice (Wenger, 2000) approach? 1 2 3 4
  28. 28. What is one thing you have taken from this talk on learning spaces? @santanuvasant | #bett17 pollev.com/svasant
  29. 29. What is one thing you have taken from this talk on learning spaces? @santanuvasant | #bett17 What the audience said… Not yet 'figured out' - let's left to learn and improve upon. The importance of the learning environment Space / environment influences learning interactions. Can't be ignored. It is not about fancy furniture (only) * Pollev as a tool Follow through of references and explore further *Corrected after audience member forgot the word not
  30. 30. @santanuvasant | #bett17 Images: Northwood School, Hillingdon, London THANK YOU! https://www.linkedin.com/in/santanuvasant @santanuvasant | #bett17 http://www.twitter.com/santanuvasant http://www.santanuvasant.com Feel free to follow / contact me about educational development projects

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