Innovative School Design

Mashed up learning for knowmads

When three schools in Spain took a critical look at their learning spaces, they did so firstly by passing the task onto their students and secondly by giving them a very tight budget to work with. And the results, according to Professor Stephen Heppell who oversaw the project, were all the better for it.

As the current Felipe Segovia Chair of Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid, Professor Stephen Heppell has long triumphed student voice as one of the most relevant ways to reimagine learning. Because he thinks, too, that learning is best when it’s engagingly enjoyable. So, together with staff at the University, two schools in Madrid together with one in Barcelona (all three schools are part of the SEK group of international schools founded by Filipe Segovia) they put in place a 3-year project in order to design spaces to make better learning. Initially the project, which took place between 2012 and 2015, was planned with the first year spent researching and planning, the second implementing and the third analysing the results, although, as Stephen observed “some ideas took longer to put in place than others” meaning the third year actually included some implementation too. We talked to him about the study. 

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