Hi Panos et al

Thinking the attached and below perhaps of relevance and interest?

Learning Landscapes Project, Report and Toolkit

Report from 2010 attached

Project Website: http://learninglandscapes.lincoln.ac.uk/paradigms-of-place/



 Work like you don't need money
Love like you've never been hurt
and dance like no-one's watching


"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of

the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women

deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."

Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

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Dear Panos

As Corony suggests, Id ensure the students are meaningfully involved in the design discussions and implementation. Id also be careful of not letting the latest technology lead the design of the room. In my experience of designing active learning spaces and flexible learning spaces, and in conversations with others who have been involved in room/building design, often students and staff appreciate some of the more basic technologies such as white boards and movable chairs that mean a space can be repurposed.

Best wishes



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Dear colleagues,


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. 


warm regards


Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos

Associate Dean Quality and Standards

Faculty of Arts 


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