Active learning spaces

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Recently I wrote about collaborative learning spaces , and argued that we are entering unfamiliar territory. The boundaries of informal and formal spaces have blurred significantly, as have the boundaries between the real and the virtual. It appears that it no longer matters where learning occurs, as long as it is meaningful. Some might argue that learning that is situated is the most powerful. All of these aspects of learning are active.

Learning spaces

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Throughout the programme of initial teacher education, our specialist computing and ICT students are constantly creating blogs, videos and other digital representations of their learning. So here's another batch for you: The question the students had to address on this occasion was: 'How can psychological and pedagogical theories be applied to create effective learning spaces?' Clearly, the word 'space' can be extended to beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.


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Reinventing learning spaces

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Phone charging station at Stratford Shopping Centre, London I have written extensively about education spaces, architectures for learning , and personal learning environments. I elaborated on these ideas in my recent book Learning with ''e''s like this: If the design of a space is wrong, learning can be constrained or even stifled. Teachers should be the architects of learning spaces (Wheeler, 2015, p 102). Unported License.

Learning spaces

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Throughout the programme of initial teacher education, our specialist computing and ICT students are constantly creating blogs, videos and other digital representations of their learning. So here's another batch for you: The question the students had to address on this occasion was: 'How can psychological and pedagogical theories be applied to create effective learning spaces?' Clearly, the word 'space' can be extended to beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.

Self organised learning spaces

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I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Us and an army of similar minded volunteers who love learning, and want to share their knowledge. And that should give all of use some clues as to how to facilitate self-organising learning spaces. Yet many academics and teachers struggle with the concept of self-organised learning. Unported License.

Working space as learning space

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Graham Attwell over at Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) has challenged me to take five pictures that depict my working space as a learning space. For me, my working space has always been my learning space (well, ever since I became involved in education anyway). I get paid to teach and research at Plymouth University , but this all comes about through my own personal learning. Unported License.

More fabulous learning spaces

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The space in which a child learns is important. If a school gets it wrong, learning can be constrained or even completely stifled. It didn't lead to very good learning outcomes. It's often the simple things that improve the learning environment, and as Stephen Heppell says, better school toilets = better results. Last year I wrote about some fabulous learning spaces I had seen while visiting schools in New Zealand. Unported License.

Learning spaces of the third kind

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The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. Next came the second kind of space - rooms where people could face in more than one direction. They were able to create their own projects, learning together with the teacher acting as a facilitator. The third kind of space is still emerging. This third kind of space is no longer confined to a room.

Fabulous learning spaces

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I have been keenly interested in the design of learning spaces for some time. Moving through from reception into the main school, it was evident to see that open plan, flexible spaces were the key design feature, and personalised learning the norm. A central tenet of the school's curriculum delivery is that students know why they are learning something, and can then connect it to real life contexts. Unported License.

Learning Management System – LMS

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LMS stands for Learning Management System. Its name is very helpful in understanding what it is: a system which enables educators and trainers to manage student learning. The first item in the above list (on-demand content) is a key feature of a learning management system.

Personal devices in higher education

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Here are some of my recent thoughts on learning spaces at universities, and the impact of student owned personal technologies: As the shift from location specific learning to untethered learning gathers pace, so the personal device gains increasing importance. Distributed forms of learning are burgeoning, and geographical distance between learners and their parent institutions is less of a problem. Unported License.

Instructional Design Research, Tools, & More: ID Links 8/10/21

Experiencing eLearning

This post includes links on instructional design research and principles, productivity, video, animation, visual design, an elearning example, and my article on scenario-based learning for TD Magazine. Spaced learning. Learning objectives. Learning Objectives: GOAL!?!

Learning precincts

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The notion of learning spaces is gaining traction across all sectors of education. Learning spaces are not only used to describe places we can learn, but can also be representative of the human mind. The only difference other than scale, is that physical learning spaces have their limits, whilst no-one has yet been able to define the boundaries of the human mind and its capabilities. There have been many other metaphors used to depict learning.

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Identify learning spaces & devices. Research learning resources. Design online learning spaces. Confirm licensing, copyright and accessibility. When first starting out in elearning design and development, it can be easy to get lost in all of the theory and best practices. It doesn’t take long to realize that every development system is littered with both positives and negatives. So which one should you use?


What do online educators need?

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Correspondence course, radio, television, video, the Web, computers and smart phones - each in turn has been harnessed to reach students for education that are traditionally outside of the traditional learning space. I also mentioned in my last post that I had been involved in a very large school distance education project where teachers were expected to use new technologies to extend their traditional classrooms into non-traditional learning spaces across geographical distance.

3 E-Learning Predictions for 2018


I must confess that this year I have been struggling to come up with my predictions for the e-learning industry. Prediction #1: Growth in Micro-Learning Delivery & Reporting. Yes, this is a similar prediction to last year where I predicted innovation in the micro-learning space. The truth is though that micro-learning is just getting started. This is going to be a significant part of e-learning in the years to come.

Engaging online learners 1

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Let's start with collaborative online spaces. It relates to critical writing on wikis, but it can be applied to just about any collaborative online learning space: There is a spectrum of wiki activities that can be used to encourage critical thinking in writing. Unported License.

Cloud-Based vs. Open Source Training Management System – Pros and Cons

The Be-all and End-all Guide to Creating a Supreme LearnDash LMS

The Evolution of Learning Management Systems. Learning Management Systems (LMS) have been around for nearly a century and have evolved greatly. Nowadays Learning Management Systems are much more advanced. It should also allow for unlimited amounts of engaging and fun learning.

2 Big Considerations When Transitioning to a Virtual Learning Program


But when done right, virtual learning can be just as impactful as in-person learning and can allow additional space for new, creative solutions for a more flexible workforce. Ensure that you have enough licenses for the types of online learning you are going to facilitate.

Jasmine's tent

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Photo by Steve Wheeler There is a large, flexible learning space in Ormiston Junior College on the outskirts of Auckland. It's called a modern learning environment or MLE. All around her, noisy, messy chaos erupts as the rest of the Ormiston students busy themselves with their learning. Open, modern learning spaces are dynamic and student centred, and they offer great opportunities for creative learning. Unported License.

Learner power

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Perhaps a little farther down their agendas students are concerned about finding good learning spaces, concerns over the environment, and keeping themselves fit and healthy. I visited the University of Hasselt this week and was shown around some of its learning spaces. Universiteit Hasselt takes some innovative approaches to education including its refurbishment of an old prison to create a bright and airy new learning space for its law faculty students.

Weapon of choice

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As an educator, what tool or technology would you never be without in the classroom or learning space? But for me, it's a natural progression - a use of the tool by students to learn for themselves. Weapon of choice by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Space exploration

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The news created a small stir on social media, with several educators opining about what they thought of lecture theatres, their place in universities, technology, and teaching and learning in general. It seems that the subject of the article, the University of Northampton (one of the newest universities in the UK) has decided to do away with their traditional raked lecture theatres, and replace them with more open, flat, flexible spaces where teaching can be conducted.

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Teaching and learning C online

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If the institute make use of a licensed product, as we do, then students either have to purchase it, or make use of a freeware or trial version. The image that you can see accompanying this posting has actually been taken from my Learning Space in Second Life where students can visit alone or in groups to try out the examples, and the compiler, as part of a Web 3D learning experience, which you are also more than welcome to tryout.

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Join our global #EDENchat

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Photo on Pixabay Join our global #EDENchat by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. edenchat competency EDEN education learning literacy Technology universityWe enjoyed a great first #EDENchat of the season during the EDEN Research Workshop when my colleague Antonella Poce hosted the Twitter session last week.

What is a Learning Management System? (2019 Update)


Today’s enterprise learning strategies require smart solutions that go beyond the capabilities of traditional tools. A Learning Platform empowers L&D departments to drive business growth through their efforts, and a key pillar of this solution is the Learning Management System (LMS). To understand how a Learning Platform will help improve enterprise learning objectives, you must first grasp what an LMS is, why it’s an essential tool, and how to get the most out of it.

Streaming learning events

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We broadcast our first live learning event yesterday, where our third year students listened to a talk by innovative school leader Dave Strudwick. The YouTube link for tomorrow's learning event is here. The entire schedule of learning events over the next few weeks is at this link. Photo by Steve Wheeler Streaming learning events by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Teacher voices

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To me, my former students - now qualified teachers - are extraordinary, because they have entered the volatile and ever changing teaching profession as visionaries - people who want to make a significant difference in children's lives, inspiring them to learn and reach further. They achieve this through innovative pedagogies, creating great learning spaces and with a liberal dose of technology. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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New pedagogies?

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Most new technologies, particularly handheld devices, lend themselves more to student led learning than they do to teacher led education. In my 2015 book I wrote about ' new wine ' (technology) being forced into 'old wineskins' (conservative learning spaces and ideas) and warned of the inevitable failures. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Going to the wall

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In a previous post entitled Learning spaces of the third kind I outlined a project to establish an experimental learning space. The children were learning about number bonds , so the teacher organised the children around small tables into groups of four. Children learn through games because they are being challenged to recall what they have already learnt, but can also learn from the answers of their peers. Unported License.

Free learning & development webinars for January 2022

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A growing divide?

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In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. The first, he describes as "A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible. The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture." Traditionally, learning has been situated in classrooms or lecture halls, where the presence of an expert or specialist in a subject takes to the stage and delivers knowledge directly to the assembled students.

Student voices unheard?

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Students should be at the centre of the learning process - where else could they legitimately be? However, if they don't have a voice in their own learning, they are peripheral to the process, and education fails them. If we ignore student voices, we will miss some valuable insights into the way they learn. Students bring their personal devices into formal learning spaces, but institutional infrastructure sometimes fails to support the use these new technologies.

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Imagined worlds

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One of the new skills that teachers will need to master in the future will be the ability to manage virtual learning spaces. Learning always takes place in the mind of the learner, but the formalised activities of learning have never been confined to the classroom. Such imagined worlds can also be very flexible, in that they represent spaces where the student is not constrained by the traditional boundaries of space and place. Unported License.

New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

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In recent years, education has evolved to the point where learning can take place anywhere and at any time, usually beyond the walls of the traditional learning space. New trends have emerged including blended learning , personalised learning environments ( PLEs ) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mobile learning and the flipped classroom. What are the challenges of these new learning environments? Unported License.

How do schools innovate?

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Some of the schools on the list are considered innovative because of the way they use their learning spaces, whilst others are vaunted because of their progressive pedagogical approaches. Personalised learning is on offer, often with personal technologies in support, and children are encouraged to take an active role in their education. Learning by making and doing is high on the agenda, and connections are made between the process of learning and what is actually learnt.

Misplaced ICT

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In essence, the way it is conventionally deployed negates much of the potential of ICT, and unless there is a dramatic reappraisal, we won't be witnessing much in the way of learning gains in schools. By contrast ICT is simply a set of very powerful tools that enable children to learn other things. As Craig Taylor so eloquently stated this week in his discussion on redesigning learning spaces : "Lose the ICT suite. Unported License.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

So before we move on, I invite you to join me in revisiting this year’s most popular topics in extended enterprise learning. What Topics Were Most Popular in Extended Enterprise Learning? But I’m more interested in top takeaways from business-minded learning professionals.

Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning

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In the name of fellowship and bringing all of us around the world together, now more than ever before, the calling out of THE TOP PICKS of E-LEARNING 2016 is the first step (okay, maybe not the first step, but for this post.). I bring you my top picks for a wide swath of products on the online learning space. Ability to use, re-use assets i.e. resuable learning objects. Ability to create game based learning including courses on mobile devices. E-Learning 24/7.

Freedom to imagine

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Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about creativity and learning. Other constraints are the logistical problems such as lack of time or space for play, exploration and discovery that are familiar in many schools. He will have great fun, but will he learn anything significant? It depends of course on what the game is, whether it is linked to authentic learning, and what specialised support is on offer from trained educators. Unported License.