Integrated Learning Space – case studies, tools, ideas

Sydney eLearning ran a workshop with University colleagues in November, 2012. The topic of the workshop was Integrated learning space, the idea of designing experiences of student learning with an awareness of the spaces in which their tasks take place. The idea is that effective task designs reflect the affordances for learning provided by different types of spaces across which the student experience of learning occurs.

The schedule for the workshop was;

  1. Presentation on integrated learning space at the University of Sydney
  2. Faculty case studies;
  3. Group work on the key issues for sustaining programs across physical and virtual learning space

The outcomes for the workshop;

  1. Group work by participants in the workshop raised the following issues as key for the development of sustainable programs which use both online and face-to-face learning situations to meet the outcomes of the units of study
  2. Jo Lander from Medicine and Meg Vost from Veterinary Science provided summaries of their postgraduate masters programs which have been successfully using integrated learning space over the last 8 years
  3. A presentation on the direction of integrated learning space at Sydney over the medium term
Workshop participant views on key issues for sustaining programs across physical and virtual learning space

For an existing program to redesign their structure effectively across physical and virtual learning space, the following issues needed serious attention and support:

Key issues to manage when redesigning programs % weighting of importance by groups of participants*
Professional Workload acknowledgement for blended design 100%
Alignment between UoS outcomes and space design 83%
Program/UoS Cyclical evaluation & development
(staged, incremental, iterative, evaluation management)
Understand target cohort – knowing the profile and demand of current and future students 66%
Accessibility issues for students 66%
Equitable access to and knowledge of facilities provided by the University 66%
Employ a learning designer (dedicated staff) 66%
Technology-mediated curriculum support
(usability, student support)
Meet student expectations 58%
Student relationship management for online experience 50%
Editability of learning materials 42%
Management of learning materials on external platforms 42%

*weighting still under review by workshop participants as at 22.11.12