Steelcase Education Centre, Grand Rapids, Michigan on 14th Sept 2017
The Australian research group, the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), at the University of Melbourne, have been running a successful Graduate
Research Symposium annually for the last 4 years. The event recognises that graduate researchers bring a wealth of practical experience and new thinking to issues such as this.
This year the ILETC project organised 2 international symposia, based on the successful Australian format, with the support of our project partners Ecophon Saint-Gobain in Europe and Steelcase in the USA. We also welcome DLR group as partner sponsors of the Transitions North America event.
The program included 2 keynote addresses by Dr Pam Moran (Superintendant, Albermarle County, Virginia) and Dr Julie Marshall (Saluda Trail Middle School, Sth Carolina) and 11 papers by emerging researchers in the field of learning environments exploring:
- How well are teachers making this transition?
- Are these spaces facilitating any improvement in teaching practices?
- What evidence exists that these spaces are improving student experiences and learning?
- What is needed to help teachers better utilise space as one of their pedagogic tools?
A full proceedings of the event featuring full papers will be available early next year.
A selection of the presentations is available below:
- Ben Shapiro, Exploring the use of interaction geography to advance post-occupancy evaluation.
- Maria Sanchez, From learning commons to learning communities: Examining the role of mixed-use learning zones in millennial education..
- Stephen Sun, Periodic table of learning.
- Robert Dillon, Avoiding the learning gap.
- Anat Mor-avi, Architecture and design for art of collaboration and creativity. The spirit of ‘we’ in a learning environment.
- Taryn Kinney, Aligning vision with actual use of innovative learning environments: explored through the lense of organisational change.
- Raechel French, School change: case studies and how to achieve the ‘buzz’.
- Julie Kallio, The built pedagogy of personalised learning as designed opportunities for student voice and choice.
- Matt Moore and Ana Mann, Using interactive learning spaces for global diplomacy: a social justice collaboration between US and international students.
- Jane Zhang, The creative learning spiral: Designing environments for flaring and focusing.
- Mario Chiasson, Characteristics of learning spaces favouring the development of computational thinking skills
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