A significant amount of estates development is currently underway in UK colleges and universities at a time of major change for educational technology and modes of learning and teaching. Changing educational requirements of increasingly diverse student populations have prompted more tailored, student-centred, approaches to designing environments for learning on and off campus. Increasingly approaches to learning are required to be flexible and networked, bringing together formal and informal activities in a seamless environment that recognises that learning can take place any time, in either physical and/or virtual spaces. Despite the relationship between spaces and learning receiving growing recognition as a fundamental aspect of the debate on contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in higher education; ushering in a broader emphasis on learning space design as ‘sites for learning’ that is necessitating a more holistic vision for campuses and programmes. Our understanding of the complex interplay between spaces and learning remains largely underdeveloped, lacking a clear evidence-base.
Learning space design, when approached from a holistic perspective, takes into account the spectrum of learning activities and the variety of environments necessary for students to realise a richer educational experience. Here, the development of learning spaces supports innovative (formal and informal) pedagogical approaches and environments through the affordances of digital technology. To this end, the HEA’s Flexible Learning symposium aims to bring together cutting edge examples of effective and innovative efforts at learning space design. More specifically, the one-day symposium seeks to better understand and evidence the relationship and interplay between three core features of learning space design, namely: Space, Technology and Pedagogy.
Aims of the series
Hosted at the Higher Education Academy in York, the one-day symposium will not only be of interest and relevance to the work of senior leaders and academic teaching staff, but also to those with a responsibility for shaping and supporting the wider university learning environment – i.e. estates and library services, as well as Student Unions. The aims of the symposium are:
- to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share and discuss contemporary practical and strategic programmes and initiatives in this priority area; and
- to begin to craft a principled, and evidence-informed, approach to devising subsequent support and guidance for future learning space design in higher education.
Intended format and call for contributions
The format of the symposium itself will comprise a series of short case study accounts (approx. 20 minutes in length), leaving room for wider exploration and discussion of the core and emergent themes. The HEA welcomes submissions outlining both completed and ‘work-in-progress’ innovations in devising and facilitating approaches to learning space design, practice and administration within these broad themes, as well as examples detailing wider institutional initiatives aimed at strategic and systemic change – including pedagogic and academic development.
In no more than 500 words, please position your case study against the three core themes of Space, Technology and Pedagogy by identifying the following:
- How does your case study contribute to/reflect the core themes of the symposium?
- What is the context/background for your study (discipline; generic issue; UG/PG; country(ies)?
- What is (are) the central issue(s) your case study responds to within this theme?
- What concepts, theories, approaches, frameworks, and/or previous examples have influenced your work?
- What is the approach/process you have undertaken in the case study?
- What are the findings and how has your initiative been evaluated?
- Can you outline the key messages from the work undertaken?
- How might the findings of the case study be transferred to other contexts?
- How could this work be developed further; what are the planning next steps for your initiative/work?
NB: Please be sure to include in your submission full contact and affiliate details for all contributors.
Submission Deadline date: February 16 2018
Submissions should be e-mailed to: Samuel.email@example.com
Presenters will be eligible for a discounted delegate rate of £180.
If you should have any questions or queries, please contact:
Dr. Sam Elkington (HEA Academic Lead for Assessment and Flexible Learning)
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Who should attend?
The symposia series is intended for anyone – managers and leaders, academic and support staff – with an interest in and/or responsibility for flexible learning in higher education at all levels. It will be a useful forum to encourage the exchange and dissemination of different ways of thinking about flexible learning.
The symposium will feature a keynote presentation, followed by themed sessions showcasing case studies from the sector.
Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leading practitioners in the sector, debate priority issues and learn from cutting-edge initiatives on flexible learning.
Who is delivering the symposium?
The symposium will be facilitated by Dr. Sam Elkington, HEA Academic Lead for Assessment and Feedback, in partnership with experienced HEA Associates.
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