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Learning Landscape in Higher Education Workshop

University of Loughborough: Room RT.0.25
8 October 2009 11:00-15:00

Learning Landscapes in Higher Education is a research project looking at the ways in which academics work with key stakeholders to develop and manage innovation in the design of teaching and learning spaces in Higher Education.

This project has been funded by HEFCE as part of the Leadership, Governance and Management fund and by the SFC and the HEFCW. The rationale for this project is the necessity for academics to work with estates and other key stakeholders to develop and manage academic space effectively in Higher Education, in the provision of modern and appropriate spaces that support the individual learning needs of students.  

The research has been carried out as a series of case studies in twelve universities throughout the UK.  The research was done by the Centre for Educational Research and Development at the University of Lincoln in collaboration with DEGW, an international design company.  These case studies have been used to develop a set of change management tools that can be used to facilitate innovation and the development of teaching and learning spaces elsewhere in the HE sector. The purpose of this workshop is to critically evaluate these tools before they are trialed in real-life academic situations in early 2010.
Participants need only to have an interest in the relationship between pedagogy and the development of teaching and learning spaces, and/or a working knowledge of their own HEI’s estate.

Tools to be reviewed include:

Campus Maps: Vision and Estate profiling tool

This tool is designed to help decision makers set priorities when considering interventions in their Estate. The tool brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a map of the university campus in the context of the university’s own vision and mission statement. The tool should ideally be used by mixed teams of those in leadership roles, including those from Estates and academics. The output is a strong visual impression of the estates performance, identifying areas for potential intervention.

Teaching with space in mind

Based on a research informed awareness of what constitutes effective teaching and learning in Higher education, this tool provides a framework through which academics can create an educational brief for a teaching and learning space in a form that can be presented to space planners and architects to inform the design process.

The Idea of the University – an Exercise in Reverse Imagineering

This tool provides a framework for  academics and key stakeholders to look backwards into the history of ‘the idea of the university’ when planning the development of new teaching and learning spaces. This looking backward is referred to as a process of reverse imagineering (Holmes 2008).
The workshops will be interactive and practice based.  The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Mike Neary, Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln, Sam Williams, the Space Planning Manager at the University of Lincoln, and by Giles Crellin and Nayan Parekh from DEGW.
If you wish to attend this event, or require any further information, please contact Jill Hubbard at the University of Lincoln

Contact Name:
Jill Hubbard
Contact Telephone:
01522 837017
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