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Innovative Learning Environments

Where modern learning takes place

Across education, there is a growing awareness of the role that the physical environment plays in supporting powerful teaching and learning. Far from being passive, the built environment exerts pressure on us to act and behave in particular ways, and when used to support or promote high-effect pedagogies and practices can make a considerable difference to student learning. This programme explores the elements of innovative learning environments that make a direct impact on students.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” - Winston Churchill

 

You will learn:

  • How the physical environment can support powerful teaching and learning
  • How to design learning environments that are inclusive, culturally responsive and fit for the purpose of supporting future-focused education
  • How to evaluate, review and improve the function of a Innovative Learning Environment

Recognised by Unitec Institute of Technology

On completion of this Online Programme, you are eligible for 30 credits toward Unitec's EDUC8884 Organisation Theory in Education course, as part of the Education Leadership and Management programme.  This means you've already completed half a year's work in this NZQA recognised qualification.

Start date and length of programme

This programme begins the week commencing Monday 27 February 2017 and runs for 20 weeks. To register, click the green register button to the right.

Online session times

The online group sessions will always run outside of school hours, between Monday and Thursday (not Fridays). Sometimes sessions could run in the evening, but this depends on the size of the group in which the facilitator may ask and seek general agreement.

Investment

The cost is $830 per person. A discount of 20% applies for groups of 5+ people from the same school or centre. All prices exclude GST.

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Who is this for

Educators’ embarking on innovative learning environment development, or repurposing existing buildings, this programme will assist you to make sound decisions about creating effective learning spaces.

Format

20 week course is divided into four modules (4-5 weeks per module).

3-5 professional learning hours per week.

Access to the resources will remain open to participants until the end of the year in which the course is undertaken.

The participants collaborate together throughout the programme.

Modules

The course will be made up of four modules, each five weeks long:

Module 1: Educative purpose and modern learning practice — Using your future-focused vision for learning

Module 1: Educative purpose and modern learning practice — Using your future-focused vision for learning

Module 2:The Site — Designing learning that make the most of your community, your site and your opportunities for connectedness

Module 3: The Shell — Designing effective, inclusive, engaging learning spaces (either new builds or using existing spaces)

Module 4: The Stuff — How to equip learning spaces with the right furniture, equipment and fixtures to bring your pedagogical vision to life

Facilitators

 

Jo Robson

Jo Robson is an experienced, innovative and passionate facilitator who works alongside a number of schools across New Zealand to transform learning and leading in a personalised, future-focused way. Obtaining First Class Honours in the Master of Educational Leadership and Management focusing on ‘Appraisal of Middle Leaders’ has equipped Jo with critical skills in areas such as utilising productive dialogue and effective appraisal practice.

Email: jo.robson@core-ed.org

Phone: 021 627 873

 

Photo of Mark Osborne

Mark Osborne was previously the Deputy Principal at Albany Senior High School, an MLE built recently in New Zealand. He visited many Australian schools as part of a planning process for the construction of Albany.

Other suitably qualified CORE consultants will support this programme at appropriate times.

Email: mark.osborne@core-ed.org

Phone: 021 475 666

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of how to take their school’s vision for learning and use it to guide the planning, implementation and self-review processes
  • learn more about using their school’s physical site, and their opportunities for connectedness to enhance learning
  • deepen their understandings of how purposeful and flexible learning spaces can be used to complement effective teaching and learning
  • develop a process for evaluating and selecting furniture, technology, fixtures and fittings that enhance teaching and learning, maximising outcomes for students.
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