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Learning Places: constructing sustainable learning environments

O'Boyle, Louise (2016) Learning Places: constructing sustainable learning environments. In: CHERP 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ‘THE LEARNING & TEACHING EXCHANGE: ENGAGE, SHARE AND ENHANCE’, ULSTER UNIVERSITY, COLERAINE CAMPUS. CHERP. 22 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This paper will examine the integration of space, teaching approaches, facilities and resources to support student learning across the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment. The ‘Learning Places’ project includes a number of activities that engages both staff and students in their design and implementation. These include; the design and fitting of a pilot classroom to test the SCALE-UP (Student Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) approach to teaching large groups of students; student compilations of their learning experience through the use of ‘Photo-voice’, print and digital publications; networking events; project website and blog. All of the activities will investigate the role of the learner as an active agent in their learning experience and consider the role of the teacher as an expert facilitator of learning (Race, 2011). Our professional challenge is to build a sense of belonging and community among students. Space becomes place when endowed with value (Yi-Fu Tuan). The construction of learning places that foster high quality learning through inclusivity and equity of all learners is dependent upon our understanding of and responsiveness to how students use such places. Assessing the elements, structure and impact of those places (physical and/or digital) through discussion with both staff and students will inform the pedagogies for the future.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:LEARNING PLACES, SPACES, ENVIRONMENTS, STUDENTS ENGAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
ID Code:33066
Deposited By: Ms Louise O'Boyle
Deposited On:19 Apr 2016 07:05
Last Modified:19 Apr 2016 07:05

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