What will Future Learning Spaces Entail?

Having studied in depth the impact of various Learning Spaces on students learning in todays world, I wonder how things will be different for students of the future.

Following current research and advancements in technology I predict a move towards student-centric learning with Teachers acting as more of a facilitator of learning and students learning at their own level and pace to achieve desired learning outcomes. Technology, of course, will play a big part in future education and learning. Students will also be active participants and collaborators in the world of online  communities, seeing learning move beyond the classroom.

How do you see the future of learning?

The Classroom Space

Traditional classroom layout catered for whole class learning with the teacher as the focal point. Instruction would be delivered from the front of the classroom and it was assumed all students benefitted from learning as a group. As we know now, we all learn best in different ways, whether it be independently or as part of a community. 21st century classrooms are being redesigned to enhance students learning not only through collaborative and co-operative means but also by promoting independent learning  in these new space designs. Creating  separate learning zones within a classroom has proven to be a more effective and allows students to learn in variety of ways. Traditional classroom furnishing (desk and chair) is being replaced by relaxed lounge areas, group hubs and technology areas as depicted in the following slides…Classroom spaces

Online Learning ‘Netiquette’

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With increasing student participation in online e-learning spaces it is important as educators, we highlight and model appropriate online communication. As a unique and collaborative learning space, the online environment demands it’s own standards of appropriate academic behaviour. These standards are outlined in the book “Netiquette” Shea (1994).