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Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces: A Framework For Academic Adoption

Dr Ratna Selvaratnam

Edith Cowan University

Universities have made significant investments in their learning spaces in recent years. In many cases new buildings have been designed with the view that students will be engaged in technology-rich, active and collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of re-designing the architecture around student learning has been to enable effective learning and teaching strategies to be incorporated in increasingly technology rich, and even spatially larger, learning spaces. Teaching spaces such as lecture theatres have traditionally been modelled on transmission forms of teaching. Within these spaces, teachers have endeavoured to incorporate active learning strategies. New generation learning spaces have increasingly replaced traditional teaching spaces and are usually enhanced with technologies that aim to support active learning and enrich the student experience.

This paper will attempt to begin to address the gap in higher education that exists in evaluating how effectively academics use innovative learning spaces to support learning outcomes. A large project rollout on technology enhanced learning spaces in an Australian university will be explored as a case study. The academic adoption campaign will be detailed. A er the rollout, academics who were scheduled into the space were asked for their feedback in the middle of the semester. The high level data will be discussed. This paper also proposes an academic adoption framework that can be used across higher education setting to increase the effective use of technology in innovative learning spaces.

The framework can be a part of the induction for new sta and also professional development for ongoing staff . This information will also help universities effectively build new, and refurbish existing, learning spaces and help educators design innovative pedagogies. Student learning outcomes can be greatly enhanced if innovative learning environments can be used meaningfully through
effective teaching strategies. The key to this is appropriate professional development for teachers within these spaces.