Does good learning space lead to enhanced teaching and learning and or student satisfaction?
Dr Rebecca Butler MChem (Hons) CSci CChem MRSC FHEA PGCert
For effective contemporary flexible learning HE needs to explore mechanisms for student agency. Teaching takes place within laboratories, lecture/tutorial sessions and the virtual environment. Learning goes on within and beyond these spaces into informal spaces provided or created by students; and learning occurs individually and in groups. Despite huge investments in new learning spaces across the HE sector very little is understood about the relationship between learning and the spaces designed for learning. The study aims to discover how students explore and negotiate the formal and informal spaces the institution provides and how they ‘own’ or transform these to become learning environments. Understanding how students utilise space and learn within the spaces they inhabit, will enable the HE sector to actively harness and enhance those spaces for independent and co-learning opportunities and design better learning spaces in the future.