Spaces for Knowledge Generation: A Framework for Designing Student Learning Environments for the Future

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The context of the learning experience necessarily changes over time, with technological, economic and social developments influencing the types of learning spaces learners and teachers require to achieve their learning outcomes. This paper reports on a funded project in the higher education sector which will provide a model for designing student learning environments that is future-focused and sustainable for the medium term. The project involves a partnership of academics, architects, students and administrators and is based on the philosophy that constructivist approaches to learning, as well as to research and study, should make use of technologies and approaches that students favour, and that learning spaces should therefore be organised to accommodate learner-generated aspects of learning.


Keywords: Learning Spaces, Learning Technologies, Learner-Generated Learning
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Kay Souter

Associate Dean, Faculty 
Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Associate Professor Kay Souter is Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her academic background is in English, where she has an interest in representations of the family, Indian women’s writing and psychoanalysis. She has an interest in active, social, collaborative and online learning.

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