..... EXPLORING CONCEPTUAL, PERSONAL, SOCIAL, PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL SPACES FOR LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Finding good examples of learning spaces
Now we have a new Learning Spaces researcher at CETLD - Hilary Smith - we are beginning a piece of work planned for some time; a critical revisit of the most frequently cited 'best practice' UK Learning Spaces case studies. Not surprisingly, the same examples come up again and again in JISC and other reports so we felt it was time to take an overview and explore the underlying intentions, assumptions and evaluation methodologies of these studies. Our aim is to develop richer and more rigorous methods for assessing 'success'; and then test these on some other learning spaces (including more 'traditional' lecture theatres etc.)
Luckily, it looks like the JELS study (see previous post) by LSRI, University of Nottingham has also undertaken such a taxonomy, although it is not in the public domain yet. I have the feeling that this is something that lots of people involved in Learning Spaces are thinking of doing.....
Image by Jos Boys; disabled and deaf artist workshop on 'a space for two people to meet' at InQbate, CETL-C, Summer 2008. Artwork by Mandy Legg and Sabine Gruhn