The next #LTHEChat Wednesday 20th December 8-9PM (GMT) will be based on questions from Santanu Vasant on the topic of ‘Pedagogical considerations in physical learning spaces: university staff attitudes, practices, and outcomes’ and is the 100th LTHEchat and a Christmas Special! So grab your Santa Hats and Christmas decorations and enjoy this festive themed
Santanu Vasant is the Senior Learning Technology Adviser at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, at the University of East London.
Leading the Learning Technology Team within the University, Santanu has a research interest in how staff are developed and empowered to use technology in their practice but also to make better use of the physical learning space as a result. He also has an interest in how we motivate and engage those staff that don’t engage with CPD activity. Santanu has worked in Learning Technology since 2004 and has worked on projects as diverse as the issues of transition and induction into higher education (the subject of his MA Dissertation at UCL’s IOE (2012)), deploying PebblePad and developing activities for reflecting writing in BA Education, PGCert in HE and Business Studies (writing a chapter on this topic in Pebblegogy, 2011) and most recently working on Learning Spaces and writing a chapter on Bring Your Own Device Policy and Practice in Smart Learning: teaching and learning with smartphones and tablets in post compulsory education (2015). He is also a member of the Association for Learning Technology’s Communications Committee and a School Governor at the Northwood School, Hillingdon, London.
This is a popular quoted definition of a ‘Learning Space’. Learning is the central activity of colleges and universities. Sometimes that learning occurs in classrooms (formal learning); other times it results from serendipitous interactions among individuals (informal learning). Space—whether physical or virtual—can have an impact on learning. It can bring people together; it can encourage exploration, collaboration, and discussion. Or, space can carry an unspoken message of silence and disconnectedness. More and more we see the power of built pedagogy (the ability of space to define how one teaches) in colleges and universities (Oblinger (2005, Section 1.1)).
Oblinger, D. (2005) Learning Spaces. Educause. Retrieved from
https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7102.pdf Accessed 15th December 2017
In preparation for Wednesday night’s tweetchat, Santanu recommends briefly looking at:
Vasant, S. (2017) Reflections of Time And Relative Dimensions in Learning Space. Retrieved from: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/learningatcity/2017/10/09/reflections-of-time-and-relative-dimensions-in-space/
The storify from the chat will be added here: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-100-pedagogical-considerations-in-physica
The LTHEchat team
Celebrating our 100th #LTHEchat
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