Date of this Version

12-6-2010

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Published Version.

Wilson, G. & Randall, M. (2010). Implementing and evaluating a "Next Generation Learning Space": A pilot study. Presented at the 27th annual ascilite conference: ascilite 2010 Sydney: Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future, Sydney, Australia.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 089900

© Copyright Gail Wilson and Marcus Randall, 2010

ISBN

978-1-74272-016-6

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.

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This document has been peer reviewed.