physical learning spaces
The latest issue of the eLearning Papers is out, on the theme of “Design for Learning Spaces and Innovative Classrooms.” The articles offer insight from research findings and practical experiences relating to the re-imagination and re-configuration of learning spaces.
As technological innovations change they ways in which people teach and learn, the physical spaces in which they teach and learn must also change. Education is evolving from a passive model towards a more productive model, where students generate knowledge, teach each other, and collaborate on projects. Students take a more active role in their own education, and must have a learning environment that enables and supports that.
The eLearning Papers is an online journal that stimulates discussion on cutting-edge research and practices in education, innovation and technology. The current issue contains four in-depth research articles and six field reports on real-world experiences. The articles cover topics such as the use of mobile devices to transcend the physical limitations of a classroom, hybrid spaces that combine pedagogical activities and social interaction, and a participatory approach to re-designing the traditional chair-desk.
Issue #34 of the eLearning Papers is available both online and in PDF format.
The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learning
This paper reports the ongoing research project headed by the University of Porto and the research group Centre of Spatial Representation and Communication, from de R&D Centre of its Faculty of Architecture (FAUP), which aims the design and study of hybrid spatial environments:
E-Learning Centres. Our main objective is to present and discuss the contribution of the E-Learning Café project of the U.Porto and of the successful implementation of its program, focused on learning physical spaces able to combine social interaction with diverse pedagogical and cultural activities. All these have proven to be an important relational dimension for all the people working or studying at U. Porto and an asset to foster the openness of the University to the society.