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User Centred Design of Learning Spaces
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of 7th Eden Research Workshop, 22-23 October, Leuven. / [ed] Morten Flate Paulsen and András Szûcs, Budapest, 2012Conference 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Budapest, 2012.
Keywords [en]
learning space design
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Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Information Science
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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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Learners in the Driving Seat – Users? – Partners? – Consumers? – Peers? Where are we heading to?
Available from: 2018-03-12 Created: 2018-03-12 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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