Many higher education institutions are developing technically advanced learning spaces to facilitate both students on site as well as students online. These hybrid learning spaces need to accommodate the latest advances in audiovisual technology while at the same time, provide a highly engaging and effective learning space for students. And, on top of that to make matters more complicated, they need to be relatively easy for academic teaching staff to operate with the minimum level of technical support.
During this workshop, we plan to ‘visit’ several of the best known and recognised facilities of this type already in operation in universities, many of them members of the Media & Learning Association. Each of our guides will show us around their solution as best they can virtually and will describe both the technical and the pedagogical considerations that they have taken into account in the design and set-up of their facility. Participants can discuss in small groups the set up and operation of each facility and we will also make time in the general discussion to tease out some of the issues and challenges the establishment of such spaces brings to the surface.
The agenda includes virtual tours of advanced hybrid learning spaces:
- Hybrid Learning Theatre presented by Gerben Groeneveld, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In this session we will have a look at the award-winning studio ‘Hybrid Learning Theatre’ from the University of Amsterdam. Practical information, experiences of lecturers, and didactical approaches in the use of the studio will be shared. During the session, there will be room for questions.
- Learning Spaces @ KU Leuven presented by Frederik Van de plas, KU Leuven, Belgium. A good system tries to cater for sensible variety, but how to uphold this objective when activating students and hybrid affordances meet existing learning spaces and set procedures. This session won’t offer a (nor the) solution, but will discuss KU Leuven’s approach covering subsequent milestones in our learning spaces evolution including a peek over the horizon to spark discussion.
- Hybrid Teaching at Imperial College London presented by Caroline Carter & Duncan McLachlan, Imperial College London, UK.
- OAMK Hybrid Laboratory presented by Manne Tervaskanto, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Virtual tour of OAMK hybrid laboratory using 3D-based digital twin. Demonstration of collaborative remote learning tools with smart wearables.
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