Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment
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The awareness of the importance of the physical environment where we learn is increasing. Both formal (classroom) and informal (outside the classroom) spaces are being redesigned to facilitate a better learning environment. This collection shares some examples. https://le.unimelb.edu.au
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Learning Spaces | EDUCAUSE.edu

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PM - This free downloadable PDF book was the catalyst for a change in thinking about learning environments. While not the first, it really gathered some traction within the tertiary environment in 2006. A great, worthwhile read. EVERY teaching space architect should be forced to read this book before designing a classroom or any building at an educational institution.


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Detailed research and action-focused ideas. Online downloads for each chapter are available. Teaching space architecture. Digital integration. Students at the core of planning. /arm/

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Create spaces by moving furniture

Create spaces by moving furniture | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Consider changing furniture location to create environments that nurture engagement & communication.
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An Open Repository of Learning Space Design -- Campus Technology

An Open Repository of Learning Space Design -- Campus Technology | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
The cross-institutional FLEXspace team created a global forum for sharing examples of technology-enhanced learning environments and their impact on teaching and learning.
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"Sleeping in a dumpster more comfortable" than staying in hotel room by Zaha Hadid says Moby

"Sleeping in a dumpster more comfortable" than staying in hotel room by Zaha Hadid says Moby | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Musician Moby has hit out at architects "who think about stuff that can be photographed well, but who never actually plan on spending time in the spaces they create".

Speaking to architecture magazine CLAD, the LA-based musician, 51, said that architects frequently prioritise aesthetics over comfort and do not think enough about the end users of their work.

"I have an issue with architects and designers who think about how is the space going to look when it's on an architecture website, rather than how it's going to feel for the people who either live there, work there or patronise it," he said.

"Sometimes certain things like comfort are not that photogenic, and if you've ever tried to live in a photogenic space that isn't comfortable, it can be really upsetting."
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World's most beautiful places to learn?

World's most beautiful places to learn? | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks, but thoughtful building design can have a surprising influence on learning.
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Get out of my face! We're more antisocial in a shared office space

Get out of my face! We're more antisocial in a shared office space | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Research shows shared work spaces are not just distracting but bad for workplace friendships.
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The Future of Collaboration Spaces Encompasses Video, Interactive, Mobile -- Campus Technology

The Future of Collaboration Spaces Encompasses Video, Interactive, Mobile -- Campus Technology | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
A recent learning space renovation at Indiana University focused on informal learning, collaborative technology and sharing ideas and content across multiple devices and users.
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The Classroom of the Future

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The seats, space, and stuff that idyllic learning environments are made of
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How campus libraries became the place to read, pray, learn

How campus libraries became the place to read, pray, learn | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
When Phil Sykes took over as the University of Liverpool’s librarian, he made a prediction – library use would fall as much more learning material was placed online.

Eight years on, he is happy to admit that he was spectacularly wrong: “Library visits have actually doubled since I arrived.” While growth in student numbers has played its part, it does not wholly explain this exceptional increase in library use. “Student numbers have increased by 50 per cent, but visits to the library are up 100 per cent,” says Sykes, whose two main libraries were visited a third of a million times in May alone (Liverpool has about 22,000 students).
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Colleges Transform Off-Campus Sites into High-Tech Spaces

Colleges Transform Off-Campus Sites into High-Tech Spaces | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
As colleges renovate former shopping malls into satellite campuses, students gain vibrant, welcoming places to learn.
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University students, you are being watched

University students, you are being watched | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Students of Australia, you are being watched. Not only in the lecture hall, but every time you log on and even when you walk across the campus. 
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Future Work Spaces – Professor Tim Bentley

Learn how AUT’s NZ Work Research Institute worked with Geoff Lawrie of Cisco Systems NZ to look at the benefits of teleworking for their staff and busines
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Designing Learning Spaces for Innovation -- Campus Technology

Designing Learning Spaces for Innovation -- Campus Technology | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
How do you go about creating a space to support collaboration, creative problem-solving and innovation? Two institutions share their experiences.
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Learning From Innovation Hubs: Fluidity, Serendipity, and Community Combined | Innovation Management

Learning From Innovation Hubs: Fluidity, Serendipity, and Community Combined | Innovation Management | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Innovation hubs are popping up from Addis to Amsterdam and Boston to Bangalore. Fuelled by ideals of openness, community and collaboration, hubs aim to be the
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IE University's window on the classroom of the future

IE University's window on the classroom of the future | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Spanish university’s new teaching space mixes videoconferencing and online collaboration with data analysis and emotional recognition technology
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The 14 most innovative schools in the world

The 14 most innovative schools in the world | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Across the globe, schools are rejecting the traditional model for education to better prepare kids for the future.
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The Health Benefits of Going Outside

The Health Benefits of Going Outside | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy is emerging as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health.
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5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
In the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, makerspaces were recognized as one the six most important educational technology developments.

“Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report says.

As Laura Fleming, a library media specialist from New Milford (Conn.) High School, said in the Spring 2016 issue of EdTech: Focus on K–12, a good makerspace is one that puts the learner first.

That being said, creating a makerspace that teaches students the skills to aid them in creative and technological futures doesn’t necessarily require renovations and a rollout of new tech.

Fleming’s space, for example, thrives on donations of old computers from her school’s IT department. Here are five other ways to create a makerspace now.

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Should come in handy! Thanks to John Evans. 

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Display Size Matters - updating the "4/6/8 rule" for modern usage environments

Display Size Matters - updating the "4/6/8 rule" for modern usage environments | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
As Many in the AV know - a simple solution used in to size digital displays is to spec product based on 4/6/8 times the height of the display for maximum distance from the display to the participants is used. However in many cases, when using this methodology updated research has shown that the chosen display will be far too small for a quality experience for the participants in the room. This is the primary flaw with the 4/6/8, while it defines an absolute maximum, it does not define an optimal experience.
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Research: Standing Desks Shape Weight Gain in Students -- Campus Technology

Research: Standing Desks Shape Weight Gain in Students -- Campus Technology | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
New research found that standing desks in classrooms can help students with weight control.
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How to Revamp Your Learning Spaces on the Cheap -- Campus Technology

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When funds are scarce, a little experimentation can go a long way in keeping technology-enhanced classrooms up-to-date.
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Changing the shape of teaching - the classroom learning environment

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Researchers are assessing the value of modern, innovative classrooms, and how teachers can use these spaces to help schoolkids realise their full potential.
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Academics ‘do want to teach’ in technology-enhanced classrooms

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Author of research into e-learning suggests faculty are eager to adapt their teaching to meet new demands
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How office lighting can boost your productivity, keep you healthy

How office lighting can boost your productivity, keep you healthy | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
Blue light will help boost your performance, while natural light can keep you in a good mood.
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Behind the Scenes of a Makerspace -- Campus Technology

Behind the Scenes of a Makerspace -- Campus Technology | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it
The Rutgers University Makerspace has become a hub of creativity on campus. Here’s how it manages operations, equipment, projects and more.
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EducationHQ Australia - Drones in schools: Education reaching new heights

EducationHQ Australia - Drones in schools: Education reaching new heights | Learning Spaces and the Physical Environment | Scoop.it

The theme of this year’s National Science Week is Drones, Droids and Robots. The annual celebration of science and technology will run from August 13-21, and aims to explore the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine, space and deep ocean exploration.


It will also look at how this technology has transformed our day-to-day lives. Many people associate the word ‘drones’ with the military or the police force. Indeed, we often hear reports of ‘drone strikes’ around the world, or governments conducting ‘drone surveillence’ over war-torn countries, or ‘drone monitoring’ when it comes to police programs. 


But over the last few years, educators have begun to harness the power of drones to engage students and to bring lessons to life in the modern classroom. There’s no doubt that we are at the very beginning of the drone era, and the potential to use these gadgets in education has not yet been fully realised.

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