To create sustainable learning spaces, we must Partner with others for Pedagogy-rich designs, Assess learning in the new spaces, Integrate ideas for Innovation, and Revisit design methodologies.
The interplay between focused analysis of the curriculum and pedagogical style, and the implications for the way classrooms are set up and equipped, can have major dividends for both students and faculty.
Without assessment of learning spaces, institutions may miss the important connections between context, institutional culture, students' specific needs, and pedagogical practices that yield optimal learning.
Innovative efforts to design new learning environments point to a path for the future; following this path requires using a common language to describe learning environments and their aspirations.
Revisiting design methodologies and applying the Learning Landscape approach leads to campuses that are "networks" of places for learning, discovery, and discourse between students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.
On the basis of constructivist learning theory, networked information technology, and a new kind of student and faculty, the traditional educational layers are inverting–a process nowhere more evident than in learning spaces.
For more on learning spaces, check out EQ–the EDUCAUSE online publication offering practical information on the applied uses of IT. The first online-only edition of EQ complements this issue of EDUCAUSE Review. Multimedia case studies cover learning space design and implementation based on student use and pedagogical needs, technology implementation, informal and formal space types from libraries to labs to classrooms, and learning space alternatives such as Second Life and Twitter.
This first EQ issue of the year also introduces four regular departments that will cover topics of vital interest to the EDUCAUSE community:
Plus, this issue of EQ features proposed guidelines to accessibility issues, speculation on multimobile services, and recommendations on serving nontraditional students.