What will the next generation of university learning spaces look like?


Universities that are looking to achieve higher results can learn how to use innovative design to improve teaching and learning at the Next Generation Learning Spaces conference, 22-23 March 2016, in London.

The event, which is for heads of estates, Learning and Teaching, IT, AV, and Planning and Space, will be held in the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre next. It is the only conference that provides a full, multi-disciplinary perspective on classroom and learning space design.

Speakers and workshop leaders are drawn from across the different stakeholder departments, to help universities get an overview of best practice, when planning and building new learning spaces. Attendees will get perspectives from Estates, Technology and innovation, Learning & Teaching, and Management.

On top of the agenda is how institutions can better integrate new technology into their plans and designs.

Five strategies

The event is based around five themes. Each of the themes looks at a different part of the process of modernising and ‘future-proofing’ learning spaces.

The conference will help universities to:
1) Use flexible strategic planning to prepare for the future, while delivering for the present
2) Minimise future pitfalls by changing the culture of teaching and learning to support strategy
3) Encourage versatile learning and maximising the learning experience by harnessing technology to connect with students beyond the lecture hall
4) Engage with stakeholders from the onset to ensure holistic design and cut delivery times
5) Maximise student outcomes by future-proofing the learning experience

Virtual classrooms

Conference Director of Next Generation Learning Spaces, Tonika Campbell, says
“University classrooms are being virtualised and re-conceptualised with technology and collaboration in mind; leading to new roles, new opportunities and new challenges for Higher Education leaders. The basic idea of a ‘classroom’ hasn’t changed in decades, but our knowledge about effective learning spaces and implementation of technology-enabled teaching and learning is accelerating rapidly.“

The event draws together 22 experts, from universities such as University of Warwick, University of Oxford and University of Glasgow. Each speaker will be presenting case studies looking at one aspect of planning and delivering innovative learning spaces.

Speakers at the event include Director of Space Planning and Management at Kings College London, Paul Wheeler. Paul will be talking about how universities can use data to create models of their space requirements in the future. Meanwhile, Imperial College London’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Mike Bluck, will talk about balancing traditional methods of teaching and new age learning to encourage the best outcomes for students.

To see the complete agenda, and for more information on the event, visit its website at: http://goo.gl/hiZjaG

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