Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1

This two-part blog post explores the complexities and affordances of using space to make connections. The first part interrogates the structural rigidity that emerges from physical classroom design and argues that connected learning requires a different design and emotional response from teaching spaces to be successful. Studies of teaching and learning spaces and their relationshipContinue reading “Making space for connected learning: an ecosystem approach to designing teaching spaces in higher education part 1”

What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2

Designing and delivering education at scale effectively is a challenge faced by many higher education institutions (Kagan & Diamond, 2019). This challenge is both an economic one, where the costs of magnifying and multiplying education offerings needs to be matched and exceeded by the revenue, and a pedagogical one, ensuring the quality of the teachingContinue reading “What do we mean when we talk about scale? Towards a definition of ‘at scale’ in higher education – part 2”

Teaching the Masses: Managing Large Cohorts

Enrolments at Australian universities have increased 41 per cent since 2008 (Universities Australia, 2020). Growing enrolments inevitably leads to larger cohorts and more significant pressure on academics to manage hundreds, if not thousands of students. Defining large cohorts At present, there is no consensus amongst academic literature on precisely what constitutes a large class orContinue reading “Teaching the Masses: Managing Large Cohorts”

Contemporary University Teaching – Networked and Supported

Dr Lilia Mantai and A/Prof Elaine Huber talk to us about a research project they conducted at Sydney University Business School on experiential learning in large classes. Lilia is the Academic Lead, course enhancement at the Business School and Elaine is the Academic Director of the Business Co-Design team. What motivated you to pursue thisContinue reading “Contemporary University Teaching – Networked and Supported”

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