Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Modelling complex learning spaces

20 May 2015

A Research on Learning and Education Innovation seminar with Director of eLearning Associate Professor Rob Ellis and Professor of Education Peter Goodyear.

Universities and schools are spending billions of dollars each year creating new kinds of learning spaces, without much evidence to connect built form to educational outcomes. In this talk, we will share some foundational ideas from our new ARC-funded project "Modelling complex learning spaces". This project has a number of aims including discovering how designers of new spaces are able to make use of research evidence in their design processes and how to combine observational and experiential data about space and learning into actionable knowledge for the many people who (re)configure space for learning.

We are interested in the implications of this knowledge in supporting teaching staff in their design of, and teaching in, complex learning spaces, as well as how physical and digital spaces interweave and how network and spatial framings of educational phenomena may be integrated.

This seminar will be live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where:

    Room 612, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 9351 2612


  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speakers: Associate Professor Rob Ellis is Director of eLearning and Learning Space at the University of Sydney, where he works in the Office of the DVC Education. He is responsible for the strategic management of shared physical and virtual learning and teaching space at the University. Dr Ellis has published widely on students’ experiences of learning in higher education, including in a book – Students' Experiences of e-Learning in Higher Education: The Ecology of Sustainable Innovation (Routledge, 2010) – with Professor Peter Goodyear.

    Peter Goodyear is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney and an ARC Laureate Fellow. He has been conducting research into the relationship between education and technology since the early 1980s and has published nine books and 120 journal articles and book chapters. He is completing two books – Epistemic Fluency and Professional Education: Innovation, Knowledgeable Action and Working Knowledge (with Lina Markauskaite) and Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning (co-editing with Lucila Carvalho and Maarten de Laat).

Modelling complex learning spaces

Where Room 612, Education Building A35


20 May 2015

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