8. Spaces

Enviroments for learning

Organizing the classroom for learning

Using technology for learning

Managing people


We use the term “Spaces” to represent the multitude of environments in which learning can occur. Through this chapter we discuss how spaces can become effective educational environments, allowing the students to thrive and progress.

Of particular note we explore the rise of 21st century digital literacies and discuss the inherent potential of spaces born from ICT.

Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpe discuss the theory of technology-enhanced learning and strategies for its implementation in curriculum design and assessment.  They also contextualise their work with contributors experiences and accessible resources:

Beetham, H. & Sharpe, R. (2013) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Designing for 21st Century Learning.  Routledge. New York.

Crawley reviews the use and progression of learning technologies in the post-compulsory education sector.  He criticises the lack of embedding of these in teaching and also comments on the potential damage limitations of using such programmes.

Crawley, J. (2009) Much technology, but limited impact: what progress has been made with Learning Technology in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector. Journal of Teaching in Lifelong Learning. V1. I1. pp.43-50. 

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