Session: Designing Learning Spaces in Physical and Virtual Settings

Session at the ETUG Fall 2009 Workshop

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Sylvia Currie
9 October 2009

What does it mean to design “spaces” for learning? How do our design choices reflect our aims and perspectives and how do they create different affordances and constraints for learning? How does learning space design differ in physical and virtual settings and how can they inform each other? In this session, Alyssa Wise and Justin Marples will tackle these and other big questions from a learning space design perspective. They will touch on principles of student learning, illustrate how these principles have been applied, in both virtual and physical learning environments, and invite you to explore how spaces might be designed otherwise in order to support student learning.

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Dr. Alyssa Wise is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the design and use of online environments for learning. Coming from a constructivist perspective on learning, she is currently investigating the tensions (and overlap) between “consumer” and “community” models for online learning.

Sylvia Currie
20:30 on 9 October 2009

Justin Marples is the Director, Classroom Services, University of British Columbia. Justin has been involved in university administration facilities development, human resources, and financial management. He has spent the past 10 years ensuring that UBC’s formal spaces (classrooms and teaching laboratories) and informal learning spaces support the university’s strategic goals. The process involves classroom services teams working closely with academic and service unit stakeholders to ensure their needs are incorporated into learning space design and operations.

Sylvia Currie
21:03 on 9 October 2009

Alyssa Wise and Justin Marples

Alyssa and Justin

Sylvia Currie
18:12 on 25 October 2009

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