Future Learning Conference 2015
We are very proud to have successfully completed our first Future Learning Conference at Coventry University.
Organised by Jam Tree, our design and research hub, Wendy Sammels facilitated a very informative and thought-provoking conference that looked at the future of learning.
In attendance was over 60 key personnel from the Higher Education sector from across the country and included Deputy Vice Chancellors, Directors of Estate, Heads of Learning, Senior Academics, Project Managers and Space Planners. The event was designed to give a 'real life' student experience, allowing them to truly understand the experiences students have when on campus, to help inform how space design should be approached in the future.
The event took place in our Agile Lab Classroom, a flagship design providing a more dynamic and flexible environment for learners.
Throughout the morning, we had a host of academic speakers discussing technology, change and innovation within the sector. Wendy, in collaboration with Richard Barrett from Coventry University, also presented new typologies of classroom space and proposed what could be achieved within current University estates by using the Agile Lab Classroom as an example of how classroom design can be challenged to enhance the student experience, maximise timetabling and better utilise the estate.
Our technology partners on the day, Kramer, Samsung and Emotion Robotics brought along their latest products and highlighted the importance of technology in the learning environment to support the modern learner and next generation of student.
The delegates were hosted over lunch in Coventry University's new 'disruptive media learning lab' and given an interesting and informative presentation by a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University sharing their experience of teaching in a progressive and modern venue.
During the afternoon, delegates were joined by a group of students to work in small groups discussing the impact spaces have on the student experience. This was an opportunity for delegates to share their own experiences and map paths forward to more effective design processes for future learning spaces within their own Universities.
We have received some fantastic feedback from the delegate who attended the conference and we are extremely proud to have presented such a popular, engaging and thought-provoking day.
If you missed the conference and would like an individual ‘catch up’ to discuss how our research can help your University, please contact us on 01625 431979 to arrange a meeting with the team.