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5 ways New Generation Learning Space Design 2017 will help you create and maintain engaging learning environments

This article explores five key ways the New Generation Learning Space Design Summit 2017 will help you to create engaging learning environments, based on feedback from some of our past (and current) speakers.

Designing stimulating learning environments to boost student engagement: Two case studies from the primary school sector

In this article, Higher Ed IQ takes a look at the unique approaches two internationally recognised primary schools are taking to learning design and how these approaches are improving teaching and learning outcomes

Designing new learning spaces through co-creation: A glimpse into the vision behind the University of Adelaide’s Learning Hub

In this case study, Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), University of Adelaide, explores the concept of co-creation and the University of Adelaide’s approach to developing an innovative learning space to drive student engagement across their campus.

7 ways to design and develop agile and student-centric learning spaces

In this report, we take a look at seven key strategies universities across Australia and New Zealand are using to design, roll-out and maintain agile learning spaces to drive student engagement and improved learning outcomes.


An Innovative Culture to Drive Innovative Teaching

Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) is the engine within Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in Terrey Hills that drives and shapes new ways of thinking about space and learning. NBCS began rethinking the design of learning spaces a decade ago. SCIL has grown the vision from within, taking inspiration from best practice examples around the world.

The Zone, the community learning space for Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers, is one example, along with Manhattan, the shared staff and student co-working space. The school’s forward thinking approach attracts many hundreds of education providers from across Australia and internationally, including tertiary institutions, each year.

In this presentation from New Generation Learning Space Design 2016, Anne Knock, Director of Development, Sydney Centre for Innovation and Learning, explores:

  • Delving deeper than physical design: rethinking the way learning institutions look and feel
  • Culture change: avoiding the default to a particular set of behaviours and making the shift in mindset
  • Learnings from NBCS and international experience
  • Shared spaces and cross-pollinating faculties
  • Encouraging a collaborative culture between teachers and providing a connection
  • Improving the dialogue between educators and architects

Using Co-creation to Remodel Spaces and Engage Students in the Design

The Learning Hub opened its door on the University of Adelaide’s campus 4 years ago, with students spending an extra 3-4 hours onsite due to this interactive and innovative space. The University has now normalised the co-creation approach it used, applying it to the IT environment as well as physical spaces.

In this presentation from New Generation Learning Space Design 2016, Professor Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice- President (Academic), University of Adelaide, explores:

  • The co-creation process: it is all about trust
  • Allowing students to design their own learning spaces and ‘own’ the process and outcome
  • Carrying the logic of co-creation to online environments
  • Creating a buzz on campus to increase student experience and engagement
  • Translating marketing expertise into infrastructure projects
  • Embedding the student voice in the university structure: the role of the Transforming Student Experience committee

Focussing on the right ‘ogy!

Western Sydney University has transitioned to collaborative learning spaces. Starting with 6 rooms three years ago, they have now rolled those innovative spaces out across the entire campus. Student feedback was extraordinary, as were the opportunities to collaborate, and academics felt supported in curriculum redesign and teaching practice, boosting their confidence. It is now business as usual at the facility, with not one lecture theatre having been built.

In this presentation from New Generation Learning Space Design 2016, Sarah Chaloner, Deputy Chief Information Digital Officer, Western Sydney University, explores:
  • A collaborative approach to better teaching and learning
  • Removing the battle of approval: setting a new standard and implementing that across the facility.
  • Cranking up the standard and exploring new avenues of improvement
  • Introducing new technology in existing learning spaces
  • Funding refurbishments and new developments using existing budgets– can we afford upscale?
  • Plans for a new 15 storey complex in Parramatta square

Creating an Innovative Pedagogical Environment

Hobsonville Point Schools in NZ have created a stimulating learning environment with one vision across primary and secondary. It has implemented a connected curriculum based on a student centred approach to learning in an innovative learning environment.

In this presentation from New Generation Learning Space Design 2016, Daniel Birch, Principal, Hobsonville Point Primary School and Maurie Abraham, Principal, Hobsonville Point Secondary School, share their practice of multi age groupings, no subject silos, adaptive learning spaces and professional learning for staff that shifts thinking and practice to meet the needs of modern learners, including:

  • Putting students in the driver’s seat: constantly reformatting learning spaces
  • Assessing learning and redesigning space to better enable success
  • Becoming fluid in terms of what practice looks like
  • Challenging everything and making sure students are at the centre of focus
  • Catering for multi-level needs
  • Implementing effective professional development for staff

Utilising Innovative Learning Environments to Improve Teaching Skills

The University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) is partnering schools in NSW, Queensland, the ACT, Victoria and New Zealand to research how teachers can utilise ‘innovative learning environments’ to improve their teaching skills. The Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project was awarded a four-year ARC Linkage Project grant, and began in February.

In this presentation from New Generation Learning Space Design 2016, Dr Wesley Imms, Research Coordinator (Curriculum and Teaching), Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, explores:

  • The importance of understanding and improving staff mindset
  • Developing mechanisms to identify ‘teacher mindset’ characteristics
  • Developing strategies to assist teachers maximise the affordances offered to them by learning spaces
  • The anticipated effect this increased knowledge will have on quality of teaching, students’ deep learning and learning outcomes
  • Measuring the impact of learning environments
  • Theoretical structures: the framework for evaluation

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Creating a multidisciplinary learning and teaching building at Monash University

In this article, Kris Ryan, Academic Director at Monash University, explores the strategies Monash is using to design a new paradigm for learning and the steps they are taking to design multidisciplinary learning spaces that caters for new student learning styles.

How to develop and design an online learning space which enhances student engagement

In this article, Dr. Jay Cohen, Learning Design Manager, OES, explores the strategies OES is using to design and develop learning environments and how they are linking pedagogy to online learning design, to ensure maximum student and staff engagement.

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IE University's window on the classroom of the future

Spanish university’s new teaching space mixes videoconferencing and online collaboration with data analysis and emotional recognition technology