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Learning Places: informing the future design of spaces and pedagogies that promote belonging, inclusion and equity in Higher Education learning environments

O'Boyle, Louise (2016) Learning Places: informing the future design of spaces and pedagogies that promote belonging, inclusion and equity in Higher Education learning environments. In: British Council 'Going Global' 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. British Council. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

As the global higher education landscape undergoes change at an unprecedented rate, are learning spaces evolving in tandem, leading or chasing the change? Learning spaces are no longer bound by physical or time constraints; advancements in information and communication technologies have penetrated all academic disciplines and formal bodies of knowledge (Usher, 2010). Within the higher education learning landscape, technological advancements have made possible hybrid models of interactive learning; promoting access, collaboration, sustainability and global awareness. As educationalists the learning spaces we create for our students need not be bound by physical or time constraints. How we shape, re-shape, use and re-use spaces can be transformative to the students learning experience. This poster will be digitally interactive; delegates will be able to scan links on the poster to view online resources on the project website. This poster will examine the integration of such spaces (physical and digital), teaching approaches, facilities and resources to support student learning through the use of Photovoice as a means to narrate the presence of learners, teachers, and the learning experience. The ‘Learning Places’ project included the design and fit of a pilot classroom to test the SCALE-UP (Student Centred Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) approach to delivering large group teaching. Subsequent discursive activities included joint staff and student drawing workshops, and student-led edited compilations of their experiences in print and digital publications. The project highlighted the role of the learner as an active agent in their learning experience and considered 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. Yi-Fu Tuan purports that space becomes place when endowed with value (2001). The way in which ‘value’ is created in learning places is fundamental to education. The construction of learning environments that foster high quality learning through inclusivity and equity of all learners is dependent upon understanding 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 can inform future pedagogies.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Poster)
Keywords:learning space design, global citizenship, technology enhanced learning
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 > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:34601
Deposited By: Ms Louise O'Boyle
Deposited On:19 May 2016 15:14
Last Modified:11 Oct 2016 15:14

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