October 2021 Learning Environments SIG update
In this update:
- Dates for your diary: NZARE conference and SIG meeting 2021 (both online)
- NZJES Special Issue on Learning Environments Research Innovations: Policy, Practice, Philosophies, co-edited by Suzanne Trask & Elaine Khoo – now published
- Upcoming PDSE Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education, co-edited by James Lamb, Michael Gallagher, Jeremy Knox & Lucila Carvalho
- Upcoming new edited collection – Pedagogy and Partnerships in Innovative Learning Environments, co-edited by Noeline Wright and Elaine Khoo
NZARE Conference will be happening online from 15-17 November. We have had interesting submissions on the Learning Environments theme and we are looking forward to those presentations!
We are also looking forward to a SIG meeting on Friday 19 November at 4:00 pm. This this meeting will be an opportunity to connect and share research ideas about Learning Environments. Come along and bring your favourite Friday drink to a collegial discussion and very brief AGM. We will circulate a Zoom link closer to the time. (If you are not on our SIG mailing list please be in touch with the co-convenors).
There are also three publications we would like to highlight.
1. The Special Issue on Learning Environments Research Innovations: Policy, Practice, Philosophies, co-edited by Suzanne Trask & Elaine Khoo is now published in the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Access to the articles in the link:
2. Keep an eye for the upcoming Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education. This Special Issue will be published in early 2022 but some online first articles have been released. This collection is being co-edited by James Lamb, Michael Gallagher, Jeremy Knox & Lucila Carvalho and will be published in the Postdigital Science & Education Journal. See link below:
3. Finally, a new upcoming edited book on learning environments research and practice focused specifically on NZ case studies will be coming out end of November. The book is titled Pedagogy and Partnerships in Innovative Learning Environments, co-edited by Noeline Wright and Elaine Khoo, and will be published by Springer. The book includes:
- case studies that showcase how teachers and students make sense of a range of innovative learning environments
- experiences of teachers and students undergoing changes in schools
- indigenous Aotearoa New Zealand cultural and theoretical perspectives on culturally respectful ways of effective working
To check this upcoming publication go to: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811657108
Lucila, Jenny & Suzanne
LE SIG update
In this update:
- Introducing 2021 SIG co-convenors Lucila Carvalho, Jenny Green, and Suzanne Trask
- Dates for your diary: SIG activities for 2021 – meeting day pre-NZARE conference in Wellington
- NZJES Special Issue on Learning Environments
- Thank you to Elaine Khoo for her work in the SIG
The new Learning Environments co-convenors for 2021/ 2022 are Lucila Carvalho and Jenny Green from Massey University. Lucila and Jenny are very excited to come on board and continue the work of the SIG. Suzanne Trask will be staying on for 2021 to support Lucila and Jenny. See below for more information and contact details.
A Learning Environments meeting day is planned pre- the NZARE conference later this year in Wellington. We will have guest speakers and space for discussions and collaborative research planning. Note this day in your diaries and let others who may be interested know. More details to follow.
We are excited to report that the Special Issue on Learning Environments will be published in the very near future. Articles are online now. The Special Issue is a collaboration between the New Zealand Journal of Education Studies and the Learning Environments SIG, featuring nine articles by New Zealand and Australian researchers, guest edited by Elaine Khoo and Suzanne Trask.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Elaine Khoo for her work in the SIG. Elaine’s commitment and dedication over the past two years has enabled us to deliver a very successful Symposium in 2019, a webinar in 2020 and the soon-to-be published Special Issue on Learning Environments in collaboration with the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.
Ngā mihi nui
Suzanne Trask, Lucila Carvalho & Jenny Green
Lucila is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, Massey University. She coordinates the BA (Education) and teaches courses related to digital education in the master and bachelor programmes. Lucila’s research focuses in the areas of design for learning and new media & technology, where she explores relationships between knowledge, physical and digital resources, spaces, and people, looking at how multiple elements come together to influence learning activity. Lucila co-edited the books The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (with Peter Goodyear, Routledge 2014) and Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning (with Peter Goodyear and Maarten de Laat, Routledge 2017).
Jenny is a senior lecturer within the School of Nursing, Massey University. She teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her philosophy of student-centred learning is underpinned by andragogical [adult, self-directed learning] and heutagogical [autonomous, self-determined learning] principles which enable Jenny to build on learners’ prior knowledge, identify areas of new knowledge and fluency within digital learning spaces to support them in taking responsibility for what, when and how they learn. Jenny’s expertise centres on leading, planning, developing, facilitating and managing experiential learning for students, in combination with mentoring colleagues to enhance their teaching in technology-rich environments. Jenny’s research focuses on understanding what contributes to productive, hybrid learning environments.
Suzanne is a research fellow at the Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. She is part of a dedicated research team that focusses on the adolescent window as a key life stage for education towards improving lifelong health. In this role she leads and supports research projects involving health literacy, knowledge translation and science communication. Suzanne also develops curricula and facilitates teacher PLD programmes supporting school-based learning in New Zealand and the Pacific. Her other research interests include assessment of learning, learning environments and science education.
Upcoming SIG events and activities
SIG Activity in progress - Special issue NZJES on Learning Environments, in progress. We received 18 articles submitted for peer review currently in various stages of the review process. Many thanks to Leon Benade as Editor and to all reviewers and contributors for supporting this initiative. We look forward to the publication of the special issue.
Learning Environments Webinar 2020
14 October 2020
We had two sets of fantastic speakers:
Māku anō e hanga tōku nei whare
Leeana Herewini (University of Waikato) and Ngārewa Hāwera
The potential of ILEs for Māori student success
Emily Nelson (Eastern Institute of Technology) and Maurice Rehu (Irongate School Principal)
Learning Environments 2019 Symposium
11 October 2019
Symposium theme: “Learning Environments: Policy, practice, philosophies.”
We are grateful to our invited keynote speakers:
Looking forward: 21st century innovative learning environments Jamie Strange, Labour List MP (Hamilton)
Together in the space-between: Teacher collaboration and innovative learning environments in New Zealand primary schools Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School
Why is it important to think about space theoretically and philosophically? Dr Leon W Benade, AUT
Transit lounges or VIP club rooms?: Spaces and places for learning Dr Noeline Wright, University of Waikato
Invited keynote speaker - Jamie Strange, Labour MP (Hamilton)
Q&A with MP Jamie Strange
Invited keynote speaker - Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School
Invited keynote speaker - Dr Leon Benade
Invited keynote speaker - Dr Noeline Wright