Learning spaces for the digital age: blending space with pedagogy

Hunt, Lynne and Huijser, Henk and Sankey, Michael (2011) Learning spaces for the digital age: blending space with pedagogy. In: Physical and virtual learning spaces in higher education: concepts for the modern learning environment. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 182-197. ISBN 978-1-60960-114-0


This chapter shows how virtual and physical learning spaces are shaped by pedagogy. It explores the shift in pedagogy from an orientation to teaching to an emphasis on student learning. In so doing, it touches on Net Generation literature indicating that this concept has a poor fit with the diverse nature of student populations engaged in lifelong learning. The argument is that the skill set required for lifelong learning is not age related. At the core of the chapter is a case study of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) which describes a history of learning environments that have been variously shaped by pedagogy and the limits of technology. It refers to the concept of the 'edgeless university', which acknowledges that learning is no longer cloistered within campus walls, and it describes how USQ is engaging with this concept through the development of open source learning materials. An important point in the chapter is that the deliberate design of quality learning spaces requires whole-of-institution planning, including academic development for university teaching staff, themselves often ill-equipped to take advantage of the potential of new learning environments. The import of the discussion is that higher education learning spaces are shaped by deliberate design, and that student learning is optimised when that design is pedagogically informed and properly managed.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: © 2012 IGI Global. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 07:22
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 05:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance learning; online learning; e-learning; lifelong learning; teaching; student learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-114-0.ch012
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19625

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