An examination of the views of key stakeholders on the development of learning spaces at a regional university

Todhunter, Barrie James (2015) An examination of the views of key stakeholders on the development of learning spaces at a regional university. Journal of Facilities Management, 13 (2). pp. 204-222. ISSN 1472-5967

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Purpose – This paper examines the degree of alignment between the views of key stakeholders on the development of learning spaces in a new teaching and learning building at a satellite campus of a regional university.
Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with six stakeholders including senior executives, technical staff, academic staff and students. The interviews were transcribed and the data analysed to identify common and differing themes on the part of the respective interviewees in relation to learning spaces in general and in relation to the new teaching and learning building in particular.
Findings – A comprehensive framework should be articulated by the university for its theme of personalised learning so that decisions can be made at lower levels of the university to operationalise the theme across academic and administrative functions. A clear definition of the blended learning pedagogy that is proposed to be implemented as part of the personalised learning theme should be articulated. The implications of the blended learning pedagogy for the design of learning spaces should be identified and clear design guidelines for learning spaces should be articulated. Learning spaces in the new building should be reviewed to achieve alignment with the personalised learning framework and the guidelines for learning spaces.
Originality/value – This paper provides valuable insights into how a university’s philosophy on learning spaces manifests itself through creation and implementation of high level policy and how that is interpreted and actioned by a range of stakeholders across campuses, including staff and students.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 00:09
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning spaces; higher education; alignment; regional university; satellite campus; higher education research
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120302 Design Innovation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/JFM-06-2014-0016

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