Talking Spaces 9: Presenter materials

On 21 and 22 February, 2019 LEaRN held their ninth Talking Spaces conference. Once again, the event was a huge success, attracting over 150 local and international designers, educators and policy makers passionate about learning spaces.

Notably, the event was opened by Prof Julie Willis (Dean, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning) and Prof Jim Watterson (Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education).

Highlights of the event can be found on Twitter by viewing the @LEaRNUniMelb account and/or searching #TalkingSpaces9.

Talking Spaces 9 The Decade Ahead. Photo by James Rafferty.

Photo by James Rafferty. Compiled by Bella Bower, Research Coordination and Communications Officer.


Some of our presenters have generously allowed us to share their presentation slides. Please see available materials below.

Workshop PresentationAbstractPresenter
Co-defining space (s) for wellbeingIn this workshop, we will explore the complex construct of wellbeing and re-imagine physical settings to best support it.  Playful tools will help us co-design the user experiences of these spaces as we consider a range of wellbeing measures such as positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment and health.Sarah Backhouse
Technology for Learning: using augmented reality to support student voice in innovative learning environmentsThis workshop explores how technologies can support teachers to highlight student voice and choice in innovative learning environments. Using augmented reality, participants will use their own mobile devices to explore one innovative learning space that has been layered with videos prepared by students, architects and teachers.Dr Joanne Blannin
Reading the traces left behind: Indirect observation of human behaviour in learning spacesObserving how people arrange furniture, the kinds of litter left behind, and the nature of the accretion and erosion that occurs in a space can tell you a lot about what people do, or do not do, and how well an environment is accomplishing what it was designed for.Dr Ben Cleveland
Creating the conditions and capabilities for an ILE implementationThis session will draw from Mark’s PhD research into what school leaders can do to create both the organisational conditions and the individual capabilities required to successfully implement Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs). Key areas of focus will include developing readiness for change, energy for change and a smart risk-taking culture.Mark Osbourne
The seven deadly sins of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) is the combined impact of air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics on people inhabiting artificially created spaces. This workshop will investigate the most common causes (design sins) of poor IEQ, using data arising from more than 50 learning environment evaluations in primary and secondary schools.Dr Pippa Soccio
Curated Learning: The pedagogical relationship between museums and schoolsCurated Learning aims to assist teachers in maximising features of the learning environment in ways that support students in enhancing competencies enabling them to succeed in their personal, academic, and civic lives. This workshop will provide: 1) Curated Learning overview; 2) Teacher strategies for maximising the learning environment in teaching; 3) Opportunity to reflect on barriers and solutions for utilising ILEs.

Ethel Villafranca