LEaRN is a multidisciplinary forum, a portal and an international network bringing together academia and industry to research, imagine and discuss physical learning environments in school, vocational, university, medical and corporate contexts.
LEaRN is based on an understanding that the built environment critically impacts the educational experiences of teachers and learners and that applied research and design of innovative learning environments will bring community benefit.
Over the past decade, LEaRN has brought together business/ industry, teaching, research, consultancy, policy/ government and academia in dynamic partnerships. Partners contribute to setting innovative research agendas, the outcomes of which are shared across the network as research is developed for feedback, engagement and collaboration.
What we do
Link national and international expertise in physical learning environments.
Develop multidisciplinary partnerships.
Create a bridge between industry and academia.
Maximise the impact of individual endeavours.
Support new knowledge development and respect its intellectual ownership.
Inform government, media and stakeholders as a peak body of expertise.
Communicate cutting-edge research.
Rearranging the way we learn
Watch how researchers are seeking to improve the way children learn by changing the way school classrooms are structured. Proudly featured as part of the Made Possible by Melbourne campaign.
LEaRN's presence at EduTECH Conference 2020
On 9-10 November 2020, LEaRN's researchers have participated in a series of invited presentations at the EduTECH International Congress & Expo. Watch each of our presentations over the two days, with an introduction by Professor Tom Kvan and a summary on each day by A/Prof Kenn Fisher and A/Prof Clare Newton.
Schools as Community Hubs International Conference
The Schools as Community Hubs International Conference brought together researchers in academia and industry investigating how best to plan, design, govern and manage schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, to encourage the development of resilient and connected communities. Conference proceedings and presentation videos now available.
IELTC Open Access Book AVAILABLE NOW
This open access book focuses on how the design and use of innovative learning environments can evolve as teaching practices and education policies change. It addresses how these new environments are used, how teachers are adapting their practices, the challenges that these changes pose, and the effective evaluation of these changes. Available with Open Access.
Webinar - Schools of the Future: Vertical, Viral, Virtual?
Traditional models of educating school children in Australia have seen significant changes in recent years. Buoyed by growing inner-urban residential populations and land scarcity, several cities around the country have adopted a campus model with a long history in Europe, Asia and America: vertical schools. What does all this mean for a country that can anticipate an additional one million students in the next two decades? VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE
Banner Image: Arnolds Creek Primary School, ClarkeHopkinsClarke. Photo by by Rhiannon Slatter.
Opportunities Image: St Mary of the Cross Primary School, Baldasso Cortese Architects. Photo by Peter Clarke.