And invite the key people from your Estates dept along too so they can hear first-hand from the students!
Good luck Panos – send us pictures once it’s completed.
I think that Corony’s suggestion for a competition would be your best bet.
- invite students to form teams to submit a design which would enable the room to be used flexibly by student groups on a bookable basis. You could give them various constraints to make it feasible, e.g. budget for equipment
- run a briefing session where you show examples of room designs which might stimulate ideas (I’ve got some slides from work with the University of Westminster that you might find useful and I’m sure you will get further offers from this mailing)
- run an open session where student teams present their ideas and/or ask student teams to put together a short online pitch
- you could also invite students to vote on their favourite design, either at the open presentations or online or both.
Best wishes from sunny Fife (the Scottish Riviera)
On 4 May 2017, at 08:27, Edwards, Corony <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I’d get the students to co-create it, e.g. by submitting design / use ideas – maybe a competition? Or at least poll students on what they would find most useful from a range of possibilities along the lines of those you set out.
Corony Edwards PFHEA
Independent HE Consultant
greetings again from Sydney. An interesting opportunity arose from a discussion we are currently having in our Faculty about 'space' and in particular spaces that can be used by our students under the (still) ill defined concept of students as co-creators of learning So, here is the story. It appears that in one of our buildings which will be a busy student and staff area there is a room which we can use to do something 'innovative' under the concept that I mentioned (students as co-creators). IT's not a big room, more like a room where we can accommodate around 6-8 students but can be open, semi open, we can make all surrounded walls look like whiteboards or add touchscreens (of any type). I am looking to create a few user scenarios. Some people suggested to call it a studio and use it for creating short digital artifacts with the students as part of their assessments, others mentioned to use it as a brainstorm room where students can come and work in several student-led or maybe academic-led ideas generation (e.g. work on a project or perhaps call students for a learning design session to help us with forming new curricula). IT's not a huge room and it's in the middle of a busy space where lots of informal spaces like pods and booths will exist.
So, I am calling SEDA and its innovative members to share with me any ideas or perhaps any links to photos of existing spaces that could potentially help us make a good decision.
Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos
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