Comprehensive Learning Spaces

First Draft of a unified learning spaces theory

I wasn’t able to fly to San Francisco this week to attend the annual NAIS conference, but I’m still doing my best to follow the blog posts from Demetri and others about the events.  I’ve been impressed by the ideas and quotes from the sessions so far.

Back here in cloudy and wet London, however, I’m thinking about learning spaces.  We worked last week on a new open air lab (photos to follow), and also how to improve the environments of existing classrooms.  At the same time, we’re working on the Veracross migration that will have a strong online space, to complement our Moodle system, yet that hasn’t stopped us from building a pilot project for blogging in DrupalGeez.

Anyway, in looking for a common thread for all this work, it’s learning spaces.  In fact, I’m curious about a unified learning spaces theory.  How does a classroom relate to a campus relate to online networked learning relate to home learning.  Maybe this too big picture, but some of the decisions we’re trying to make deal with at-home academic work as much as (or more than) in-classroom work, and that is interesting.

As seen in the post below about the Khan Academy, even pure academic learning does not only exist in the classroom, and it’s time to try and understand how students become self-sufficient learners, or expert learners.  Much of this happens outside of the classroom, but all of the features of a school (from lunch room, to gyms, to art workshops, to the front steps) contribute to a larger learning space.

Here’s a copy of the draft idea above:

Comprehensive Learning Environment

Feel free to comment– obviously, I’m only at the start of this work.

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