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User Centred Design of Learning Spaces
Umeå University.
Umeå University.
2012 (English)In: 7th EDEN Research Workshop: Book of Abstracts & Workshop Programme / [ed] Morten Flate Paulsen and András Szûcs, Budapest: The European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) , 2012, p. 119-120Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Design of learning spaces has to correspond to users’ needs and goals, how current and future practices evolve in them and users’ appropriation of new technologies. Financial constraints, increased diversity among students, more and more students taking part-time and flexible learning options, etc. have created new challenges for the design of learning spaces in higher education. In this new context innovative technologies are also emerging and the ways people communicate, coordinate and collaborate are continuously transforming and changing, which affect learning space design.

Our empirical data consist of focus group interviews with students and directors of studies. Students preferred learning spaces that integrate formal learning activities with more informal and leisure activities. Directors favoured spaces that integrate their roles as teachers, researchers and administrators. Based on the results of the focus group interviews we designed three different learning spaces supporting classroom teaching as well as more informal learning, which allow students to perform both individual and group activities. The learning spaces described are not yet evaluated. We believe that the appropriation of a learning space is a complex process. Hence, when evaluating the use of learning spaces it is essential to understand users’ practices, their needs and goals and their use of learning resources.

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Budapest: The European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) , 2012. p. 119-120
Keywords [en]
learning space design
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Other Social Sciences
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computer and systems sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145570ISBN: 978-963-89559-1-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145570DiVA, id: diva2:1189509
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7th EDEN Research Workshop: Learners in the Driving Seat – Users? – Partners? – Consumers? – Peers? Where are we heading to? Leuven, Belgium, October 22-23, 2012
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2019-05-08Bibliographically approved

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