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Enabling pedagogic opportunities in the design of learning spaces (EPOL Project)

The LTTC is currently engaged in this collaborative project to support the effective design and use of learning spaces across our campuses, specifically new spaces in TU Dublin Grangegorman Campus.

The EPOL Project is a change management project involving staff and students at the TU Dublin City Campus. It builds upon current institutional practice (Teaching Champions initiative) and international studies. We are exploring the relationship between the design and configuration of learning spaces, active learning strategies, teaching practices and the quality of the overal learning experience. Selected room exemplars at the existing City Campus site will support this process and identiying effective designs and configuration for new spaces in the Grangegorman campus. The project also aims to provide tailored professional development to support practical student centred-approaches in TU Dublin Grangegorman's new formal and informal learning spaces.

As part of the EPOL Project, we are collaborating in research with colleagues in the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University, Indiana. Currently, we are undertaking a literature review and desk study mapping research in the design of digitally-enabled learning spaces in higher education. We are also identifying existing institutional practices and how these might be influenced. A Symposium funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education will take place in May 2019 to inform this research further. Primary research is already underway at Purdue and will begin in TU Dublin in September 2019, drawing on the approaches and methods used in Purdue. The outputs of our research are intended to support planned uses of space in both universities.

 

Related Resources and Links:

  • Moving to Grangegorman - TU Dublin website
  • McAvinia, C., Fitzsimmons, J., Harvey, J., & O'Rourke, K.C. (2019). The openness of new learning spaces in campus-based institutions. Presentation at the Open Education Research 2019 (#OER19) Conference, NUI Galway, 10-11 April 2019. Download the slides here: OER19 Slides