Exploring conceptions of learning and teaching through the creation of flexible learning spaces: the Learning Gateway - a case study

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Weaver, Margaret (2006)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1080/13614530701330414
  • Subject: Z489 | Z482
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

The paper will explore the relationship between the creation of a physical learning space and the changing conceptions of learning and teaching that are being instigated by a building, designed from the outset, with student learning in mind. The Learning Gateway has been created to support students and the development of a new curriculum as St Martin’s reshapes itself in the context of the emerging University for Cumbria. At one level, this use of the “estate” and the “ICT infrastructure” as a way to combine physical and online environments is becoming more common in the sector; the Learning Gateway at St Martin’s is indeed an example of such a new learning environment. However the above description conceals the complex change process that is at work and the new relationships that are emerging – some of which challenge the established cultures around pedagogy, learning and teaching support, and studentship. The College’s Change Academy project has interfaced with the Learning Gateway’s creation and is yielding new insights into changing conceptions and roles required to ensure that the Learning Gateway delivers its true potential. The implications for Library and Information professionals wishing to remain at the forefront of learning and teaching developments are explored.
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