Dr. Marian Mahat is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she manages research activities for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project. Across Australia and New Zealand for the last four years, the initiative has been building evidence about types and use of learning spaces in primary and secondary schools. From this Dr. Mahat and the ILETC team develop strategies to aid teachers in implementing these highly adaptable and ICT-driven classrooms known as "innovative learning environments." Dr. Mahat discussed the project and its results thus far at the EdLab seminar in April 2018. Watch the full seminar on Vialogues.
Excerpts from the discussion:
@07:14 Ryan Allen: I have never really considered lighting in terms of student impact. I wonder if some activities are more conducive to certain light settings.
@20:54 Debra Lee: Systematic reviews revealed that not a lot was happening in the research world! Only about 2 studies worldwide looking at using space in a classroom.
@28:50 Debra Lee: Cave = individual learning whereas campfire = learning in a group. Cool new classroom language is emerging out of this innovative learning environment.