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Innovative Learning Spaces and Cross Action Spaces

The 24th February, 2018 I gave an online speach at the Connecting Online Conference CO18, 23-25 February 2018, organized by Dr Nellie Deutsch. The conference area, with the shedule for the weekend and presentations of the speakers can  be found here. My speach was on Innovative Learning Spaces and Cross Action Spaces. Below some of the highlights from my speach. The full presentation, which is now on YouTube can be found here.

Over the past decade we have seen a rise in the adoption and proliferation of social technologies, and along with these a move to build on the capacity to embrace new pedagogies and practices that can open our boundaries for both teaching and learning. New Media Consortium, Horizon reports have emphasized Learning Spaces the last couple of years, lastly in 2017, as one of the emerging current emerging trends to consider for higher education, as technology and digitization is  rapidy developing.

Space, whether physical or virtual, can have a significant impact on learning. Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration. Together space, technology, and pedagogy empower learner success.

There are needs to develop new methods and frameworks for analysis which takes into consideration how we conceive, perceive and enact our digital spaces and how this impacts on our practices and approaches to teaching and learning within these spaces. Upcoming questions conserns for example:

  • How do we determine what we mean by space specifically in online environments and how can we examine whether our intentions for learning in them are effective?
  • How can these spaces be enacted as learning spaces and how do we design for them?

 Space can either be empowering or be limitations for learning and for learners as for example large lecture halls does not stimulate group discussion or dialogs, rather they can make barriers…but for example flexible learning spaces may empower and encourage actions, interactions, cross actions, and dialogues. So due to what will be achieved, learning spaces can be adapted or moderated. As learning spaces have an impact on and for learning, there are needs to cultivate a culture of innovate learning spaces.

Learning spaces need to be expanding outside the classroom/school or university. As for example what D Cormier emphasize the society is the curricula Next generation learners requires more of just for me, and just in time learning, and more authentic, and challenge-based learning. They are also more used to Internet and social media, which have to be integrated into learning spaces, for interactions’ and cross actions. Isa Jahnke argues for the need to move from interaction to crossactions. Under the premise that the digital world is a new form of multiple communication spaces, with many different layers, Jahnke argues that human action in such a networked world is not only grounded in interactions, but rather on multiple crossactions within and across such communication spaces --- cross-action-spaces.

As learning is unstructured, it can be learned in silos, or in a linear way. Here learning spaces makes a difference, to narrow real global problems, and it requires new innovative pedagogical approaches, as more of authentic and self determinated learning (heutogogy). Evolving pedagogical approaches concerned even leadership, as learning in and through more open spaces requires a shift in mindset related to allocation of time and resources, incentives, fundings, capacity building etc.  For more on leadership see my upcoming next blog.

In a recent paper in Open Praxis Michelle Harrison explored how we envision space, how a spatial perspective might be used to help assess and design these spaces, and e an analytical framework is provided to examine the tensions  encountered when teaching and learning in open digital spaces.

For more on my work on Innovative Learning Spaces and Cross Action Spaces, I have the two latest years keynoted and moderated the LUXATIA International Innovative Learning Spaces Summits., 2016, LUXATIA International Innovative Learning Spaces Summit 2017, adn will even do so for the upcoming Summit in 2018. Together with the group at the Summit, we set up an FB group on Innovative Learning Spaces.  

Luxatia ILS

I also work for Open Education Europa on Innovative Learning Spaces, please see my previous blog, where I gave a talk on Innovative Learning Spaces the 30 January, 2018.


In March 20, 2018, I will moderate the pre work shop on the  Future of Libraries at the Next Generation Learning Spaces conference 2018, in Manchester, UK.


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