The Design & Management of Learning Environments Conference #LECONF
Wednesday 28 June 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 + drinks social
Kings Place, London, N1 9AG
Our Design & Management of Learning Environments Conference returns!
Our Learning Environments conferences are pitch-free and attract a friendly and loyal audience, directors and managers from HE Estates departments, designers, architects and consultants, many of whom return year after year. Quality 30 minute slots are allocated for speakers, with time for questions from the floor.
Our venue this year is the canal-side room at King’s Place, just a few minutes walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. With natural daylight and an outside area for our catering breaks and post conference drinks reception it’s a perfect space for a summer’s meeting.
0915 Coffee & Registration
1000 Morning Chair’s Welcome
Mike Clark, University of Brighton
We’re delighted to welcome Mike Clark, Director of Estate + Facilities Management at the University of Brighton and Chair of the AUDE executive committee as our chair and moderator for the morning sessions.
1015 Pedagogy and Modern Learning Space Design
Nicholas Burwell, Burwell Deakins Architects
How do we tackle the design, or more often the refurbishment, of learning spaces and auditoria to best benefit the demands of today’s students? With references to digital learning, influences from nature, and student psychology, Nicholas will discuss how we can maximise the use of, and future proof, our learning spaces.
1045 Face-to-Face & Online Learning: Finding the right blend
Olivia Fox and Morris Pamplin, City, University of London
“The question now is not whether to blend to not; it is how to design an effective blend.” Alammary et al. (2014, p.440).
An effective blend is one which leverages the benefits of both the face-to-face and online environments to produce a cohesive learning experience for students. It increases the opportunities for students to interact with module content outside of lectures and seminars. It should also engage students in active learning in both face-to-face and online environments.
This presentation will explore how to Find the Right Blend for a curriculum and consider:
– How should we design our online environment, interactive content and activities to engage students in a blended curriculum?
– How does the integration of online activities impact on the face-to-face environment and activities?
1145 The Transition to Bush House: Change management and academic offices
Niamh Godley & Holly Sorce, King’s College London
The iconic Bush House buildings (previously the BBC World Service) will expand the King’s College London Strand Campus and give the College space to grow and provide students access to a modern and purpose-designed environment specific to the needs of our staff and students.
The Bush House move provides many new opportunities for collaboration and innovation but will also impact on the current ways of working for staff, both professional and academic. Most academic staff most will be in double occupancy offices from day one occupation which will require changes to working practices. Bush House is the first transformational change programme at King’s with a dedicated change management workstream.
1215 The UK HE Learning Space Toolkit
James Rutherford, City, University of London and Consultant in Learning Spaces
Three professional associations have joined forces to produce a landmark publication on learning spaces. The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration provides guidance for Audiovisual, IT and Estates teams, and demonstrates why the provision of excellent learning spaces should be a strategic, institution-wide concern.
The Toolkit explores pedagogical principles and their place in learning space design, and gives an honest insight in to the realities of cross-professional working in universities and colleges. The Toolkit includes advice on: managing a learning space project, working with professional advisors, considerations for particular types of learning space, using learning technologies, the evaluation of learning spaces and changing working practices.
1345 Afternoon Chair’s Welcome Back
Maria Nesdale, Gensler
1345 Learning from Hogwarts: What Harry Potter can teach us about successful learning environments in Higher Education
Kerstin Sailer, The Bartlett School of Architecture
Kerstin will present her latest research on the relationship between pedagogy, learning activities and spatial layouts. What we can learn from Hogwarts for successful 21st century learning environments in Higher Education will be discussed and exemplified using empirical data on student activities in a newly designed learning space at UCL.
1415 Student Accommodation: Embracing the shift towards blended living and the Learning Environment
Matt Tarling, Stride Treglown
Student accommodation has changed significantly over the last 10 years, moving from an accommodation typology that was predominantly concerned with the en suite/non en suite debate towards a focus on the social and learning environments that support the student experience. Increasingly there is a move towards a blend of sleep, study and social space across both university and private sector developments.
Matt will discuss this and related issues, for example increased demands for technology, student wellbeing considerations and the explosion of studio based student accommodation schemes.
1515 Grangegorman- A Mixed Bag
Peter Heaslip, DIT
The DIT team have been regular delegates to our conferences over the years that they have been working on the mammoth Grangegorman Campus Project. We’re delighted that this year Peter Heaslip has kindly agreed to take time out and bring us up to speed on the project progress. The presentation will cover a synopsis of the project, its progress and its continuing aspirations, some pitfalls and critical achievements.
1545 Talent Retention and Wellbeing in Higher Education
Martin Anderson, Connection
Rounding up our day, Martin gives an overview of some key macro trends that are influencing educational spaces, materials and colours and how these can be interpreted to design environments that are adaptable, inclusive and intuitive in use. Attracting and retaining staff and students alike is critical and good, sustainable design aids effective learning and is proven to improve outcomes. Topics include the importance of Biophilic design, the need for and boundaries of privacy in workspaces and Millennial attitudes to learning and collaboration.
1615 Chairman’s Summing Up
1630 Post Conference Drinks Social
Join the speakers & organisers for drinks and nibbles
As is traditional at most of our events, the conference will end with a drinks reception where the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.
The last few places are available to book now at £225 + VAT. Click the Register button above to reserve your place.
Academic Institutions may register under the special rate of £175 + VAT (space permitting).
Your registration fee includes attendance, refreshments and lunch, digital handouts, and the post conference drinks social.
Biographies of our fantastic contributors can be found on our Speakers page.
Registered delegates receive a complete list of fellow delegates, but a reduced version of our current delegate list can be found on our Who’s Attending page.