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SPACE: ADM-HEA Annual Forum 2009

Date posted: 27/02/2009

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In recent years, ideas about ‘learning spaces’ in higher education have changed to encompass areas beyond our traditional seminar rooms, studios and lecture theatres and include any environment in which learning takes place.  Part of this process has been the recognition of the potential role of new technologies and the impact of these on student learning opportunities.  Large numbers of students, widening participation and the limitations of built environments all contribute to a need to examine the best ways of meeting students’ needs.

This year, the ADM-HEA Annual Forum, SPACE, will explore the theme of ‘learning spaces’ in art, design and media higher education, and will provide opportunities for both ‘virtual’ and ‘vital’ participation… 

Stephen Heppell, Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, will launch our online discussion forum, Virtual SPACE, with a video presentation on 29 April 2009. The online forum will provide opportunities for an unlimited number of participants to engage with, and share ideas about, the theme – as well as informing, and interacting with, subsequent discussion at our ‘Vital SPACE’ event at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff on 8 May 2009. There will be 100 places for participants at the WMC.

Participants at Vital SPACE at WMC will work in six groups to develop key topics identified in the online forum and these ‘real-time’ discussions will be reported to the online forum so that off-site participants can continue to interact with debates in Wales. 

In the afternoon, the 6 groups will each make a 60-second movie summarising their discussions. The movies will be screened in the WMC’s Victor Salvi Room and posted online and a panel discussion, with contributions from vital and virtual delegates including Professor Stephen Heppell, Dr Jos Boys and Dr. Julia Gaimster, will close Vital SPACE at the WMC.

We hope that activities will be recorded using the technology in your pocket, so bring your mobile phones and PDAs!

Virtual SPACE will remain open online until 13 May; until then delegates will be able to continue their discussions and contribute feedback.  Professor Stephen Heppell will formally close proceedings with his reflections on the issues raised and what these might mean for learning spaces in art, design and media higher education.

More information including detailed programmes, referrals to resources and registration information will be available shortly.

Dates for your diaries:

  • Wednesday, 29 April 2009 - online forum – Virtual SPACE opens
  • Friday, 8 May 2009 - Wales Millennium Centre Event – Vital SPACE
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 – online forum – Virtual SPACE closes

The ADM-HEA would like to thank the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) at Bournemouth University. In particular we would like to thank the CEMP Director, Jon Wardle and Professor Stephen Heppell for their help in designing SPACE.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact:
T: 01273 643119