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Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces
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. This e-book represents an ongoing exploration as we bring together space, technology, and pedagogy to ensure learner success. Please note: In addition to the e-book's core chapters on learning space design principles (chapters 1-13) , this site also offers case studies illustrating those principles (chapters 14-43), including links to examples of innovative learning spaces. Diana G.

New Media Consortium Names 10 Top 'Metatrends' Shaping Educational Technology - Wired Campus A group of education leaders gathered last week to discuss the most important technology innovations of the last decade, and their findings suggest the classroom of the future will be open, mobile, and flexible enough to reach individual students—while free online tools will challenge the authority of traditional institutions. The retreat celebrated the 10th anniversary of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, whose annual report provides a road map of the education-technology landscape. One hundred experts from higher education, K-12, and museum education identified 28 “metatrends” that will influence education in the future. The 10 most important, according to a New Media Consortium announcement about the retreat, include global adoption of mobile devices, the rise of cloud computing, and transparency movements that call into question traditional notions of content ownership concerning digital materials. Of the top 10 trends the group flagged, Mr. 1. Return to Top

Designing Text-based Information Sharebar You might practice information design every day and not know it. Information design refers to transforming complex, unorganized or unstructured information into meaningful and easily-accessed content. Sound familiar? Information design is multi-disciplinary. It’s concerned with visual presentation, the structure and organization of content, the accessibility of information and how it is used. 1. Left-justifying paragraphs of text is good. A paragraph of centered text is difficult to read. 2. When the background is noisy, it provides extraneous visual cues that disrupt word perception. Text on a textured background detracts from readability Text on a quiet background is easier to read. 3. According to Robin Williams, author of The Non-Designers Type Book, the underline interferes with the letters it is emphasizing. Underline is old school, use bold or italics for emphasis 4. High contrast improves readability 5. Light on dark reduces readability for most people 6.

Top 5 Workplace Trends for 2017 2016 was a big year for workplace design. From the large influential companies across the world to the smaller businesses, workspace design was at the forefront of CEO’s minds, as an extension of their brand’s ethos and culture. Many companies have re-designed their workspaces in response to the work of incredibly successful companies such as Google and Apple who have been creating workspaces that are not only cool, collaborative and full of tech, but future-proof. For them, the proof of the power that an innovative working space has on an organisation is in their staff’s happiness, loyalty and their profit margins, which continue to boom. So what are the biggest workspace trends of 2017 looking like? 1. The biggest trend to follow on from 2016 is the employee and candidate experience leading to talent attraction and retention. In a recent candidate experience study by workplacetrends.com nearly “60% of Job seekers have had a poor candidate experience and 72% talk about it”. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Educating the Net Generation The Net Generation has grown up with information technology. The aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles of Net Gen students reflect the environment in which they were raised—one that is decidedly different from that which existed when faculty and administrators were growing up. This collection explores the Net Gen and the implications for institutions in areas such as teaching, service, learning space design, faculty development, and curriculum. Contributions by educators and students are included. The printed book is available through Amazon.com. Diana G. Please Note: This PDF contains the entire book with embedded hyperlinks of URLs, endnotes, and index terms, plus bookmarks to all chapters and sections. Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Index Copyright Information Authors retain the copyright to their intellectual content, with EDUCAUSE owning the copyright to the collected publication.

Building and Environment - A holistic, multi-level analysis identifying the impact of classroom design on pupils’ learning Abstract The aim of this study was to explore if there is any evidence for demonstrable impacts of school building design on the learning rates of pupils in primary schools. Hypotheses as to positive impacts on learning were developed for 10 design parameters within a neuroscience framework of three design principles. These were tested using data collected on 751 pupils from 34 varied classrooms in seven different schools in the UK. The multi-level model developed explained 51% of the variability in the learning improvements of the pupils, over the course of a year. However, within this a high level of explanation (73%) was identified at the “class” level, linked entirely to six built environment design parameters, namely: colour, choice, connection, complexity, flexibility and light. The model was used to predict the impact of the six design parameters on pupil’s learning progression. Highlights Keywords Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Ways to Organize Information The amount of information available to the average person in the workforce is exploding. With informal learning coming to the forefront, instructional designers may increasingly be responsible for designing information, rather than online courses.This could be for websites, interactive resources, references, support systems, mobile glossaries and things we haven’t even thought of yet. If you’re called upon to perform information design, you’ll want to make the information manageable, findable and easy to use. One approach to this is the LATCH system, created by Richard Saul Wurman. . He writes that there are mainly five ways to organize information and these are applicable to most situations. LOCATION Use this when organizing information around locales, from grand to small. ALPHABET Use this when organizing large quantities of information, such as specialized glossaries or the online resources on your company’s intranet. This sums up the LATCH approach to information design.

Healthy Classrooms Need Daylight and Fresh Air [Infographic] Healthy classrooms are environments in which young minds can flourish. It’s a little room in which teachers and learners spend much of their days, so it’s crucial that the physical environment is made as conducive to wellness and progress as the mental and emotional environments are. Treated as a rich and fertile soil, a healthy classroom can give rise to some great moments in teaching and learning. After all, there’s nothing like a dark and stuffy classroom to stifle productivity. This infographic from Whitesales has got it right. Here’s what the post on eLearning Infographics had to say about the necessities of making natural light and clean fresh air a regular part of the school day regimen: “A comfortable workplace makes for a happier, more productive workforce. We couldn’t agree more. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

The Free eBook: How to become an eLearning Professional By Connie Malamed I never think of myself as an expert. Gaining expertise is an ongoing journey of continuous learning where there is no end in sight. Our field is particularly broad and deep. No one person can retain all of this information and no one person can be competent in all of the related skills. If you think of all the people in this domain as one giant mind, you can see how we gain expertise together. To become a “pro” in this career then, involves getting involved with people in our field and outside of it. Becoming a pro also means staying up-to-date and this is easily done through social media platforms. Becoming a pro also involves helping others learn by sharing your excellent finds and documenting your experiences in the public sphere. Even if you work alone, there’s no excuse for remaining isolated. Connie Malamed Position: Learning, information and visual design consultant Company: Connie Malamed Consulting Short Bio By Connie Malamed I never think of myself as an expert.

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