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Innovative Learning Spaces

Today, 30 January, 2018 I moderated an online session for Open Education Europa (OEE), as an OEE Ambassador, OEE Fellow and expert in the areas of Innovative Learning Spaces

It was a lively discussion duirng one hour at lunchtime, the discussion is available here

Qustions addressed were 

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.

  1. Space as a change agent 

This topic aim to facilitate discussion on that space can either be empowering or be limitation for learning and for learners as for example large lecture halls does not stimulate group discussion or dialoges, 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. 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 e integrated into learning spaces, for interactions’ and cross actions.As learning spaces have an impact on and for learning, there are needs to cultivate a culture of innovate learning spaces 

  1. Mind the gap (formal/informal; higher ed/working places; the society as the curricula)

This topic aim to facilitate discussion on blurring formal and informal learning, microlearning and as above on authentic learning. As learning is unstructured, it can be learned in silos Here learning spaces makes a difference, to narrow real global problems, as for example in working places with learning goals. Unstructured learning is learning with no real structure. In this kind of learning there’s no linear journey from A to B to C and so on.  Unstructured learning gives the individual students exactly what they need, which is space to grow.  They are given a clear understanding of the learning intentions and the criteria for their success. From there they forge their own paths, and the journey is continuous. It’s full of rich experiences of learning from mistakes and asking meaningful questions that lead to more delicious discoveries. In short, it’s what learning was meant to be. This approach also empower that the learners can take different approaches and or paths depending their own goals and needs, also due to pre-requisitions. Learning  by social media and through the crowd will be discussed, and how spaces can make a difference.

  1. Learning spaces and evolving pedagogical approaches

This topic aim to facilitate discussion on evolving pedagogical approaches, as for example unstructured learning, flipped classroom, authentic learning, self-determinate learning, competence-based learning, but also learning by failure and more, and how spaces either can empower or limit learning. Also learning by social media and through the crowd will be discussed, and how spaces can make a difference. 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. 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.

This was my welcome address and introduction

A warm welcome everyone to the Open Education Europa Online discussion on Innovative Learnig Spaces

My name is Ebba Ossiannilsson

I am an OEE Ambassador and OEE Fellow

..and my contact details are

Ossiannilsson, Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy https://i4quality.se 

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I am a quality reviewer for the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and for the European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Ossiannilsson is in the board for  ICDE OER Advocacy Committee and Quality Network Europe. Is in the EC for the European Distance Education Network (EDEN), where she is  ISO representative and  even leader of  the Special Interest Group on Technology Enabled Learning and Quality Enhancement.

I am the V President for the Swedish Association for Distance Education and for the Swedish Association for e-Competence, and also member of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) Quality Committee

Two years in a row I have moderated and chaired the Annnual confernce on Innovative Learning Spaces Summit by LUXATIA INTERNATIONAL. Please also follow the Facebook group on  Innovative Learning Spaces

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Ebba Ossiannilsson is an e-learning expert and consultant with a range of research interests in the use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and research.
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