A space to learn

The Australian Education Reporter - - EDUTECH -

SPACE is never neu­tral.

It im­pacts ev­ery­thing we do, whether our in­ten­tion is to so­cialise, cre­ate and to learn; it in­flu­ences the be­hav­iour of those within it pro­vid­ing both op­por­tu­nity and/or con­straint.

The field of Learn­ing and Teach­ing is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­plex. It is harder than ever for teach­ers to be able to en­gage stu­dents, en­joy teach­ing - and en­sure that con­struc­tive, valu­able and worth­while learn­ing oc­curs. The learn­ing space can ei­ther help or hin­der your ca­pa­bil­ity to teach and to learn.

Sebel Re­search Di­rec­tor An­drew Ford has spent the last 18 months talk­ing to more than 2500 ed­u­ca­tors about their learn­ing spa­ces; ex­plor­ing what a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment should look like and how it should op­er­ate, in­form­ing the de­sign team on fur­ni­ture de­sign to sup­port the learner and the teacher.

Ford has come to re­alise that changes to the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment are now so sig­nif­i­cant that many as­sump­tions re­lat­ing to its de­sign may be wrong and there­fore, have a neg­a­tive im­pact on teach­ing and learn­ing en­gage­ment and long term out­comes.

For this rea­son, the con­cept of Space 2 Learn was born.

A free, non-par­ti­san learn­ing plat­form, Space 2 Learn is a so­cial learn­ing space de­signed with the teacher in mind, where ed­u­ca­tors and in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers can share what they know (and ex­plore what they don’t) about de­sign­ing learn­ing spa­ces.

A panel of key con­trib­u­tors has been es­tab­lished. Ex­perts within the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy and de­sign will share so­lu­tions and ideas dis­cussing new ped­a­gogy, be­havioural man­age­ment and the use of tech­nol­ogy and space to cre­ate new, en­gag­ing and ful­fill­ing teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ford will launch Space2learn in June at EDUTECH dur­ing his ses­sion: A Space to Learn; for Ev­ery Type of Learner.

Reg­is­ter your in­ter­est by vis­it­ing: space2learn.org.

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