Implementing and evaluating a "Next generation learning space": A pilot study

Gail Wilson, Marcus Randall

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Abstract

A dramatic, pedagogical shift has occurred in recent years in educational environments in higher education, supported largely by the use of ubiquitous technologies. Increasingly, emphasis is being placed on the design of new learning spaces, often referred to as "Next Generation Learning Spaces" and their impact on pedagogy. The idea of "classroom" now incorporates the use of both physical and virtual space. This change has meant a greater focus on the design and use of flexible learning spaces, more use of blended learning approaches and more personalised, individualised learning opportunities for students. While many such classrooms have been built and utilised in universities globally, only a few formal studies have been reported on how these spaces are used by both teachers and students. This article focuses on a pilot study of the use by lecturers and students of a technology rich next generation learning space - the Pod Room - and makes recommendations for further research into the effectiveness of new learning spaces in universities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Subtitle of host publicationASCILITE 2010
Pages1096-1100
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Curriculum, technology and transformation for an unknown future - Novotel Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010
Conference number: 27th
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ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2010
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period5/12/108/12/10
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Wilson, G., & Randall, M. (2010). Implementing and evaluating a "Next generation learning space": A pilot study. In Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: ASCILITE 2010 (pp. 1096-1100)