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Town Hall meeting: Bartlett Global Commission for Learning Environments
Thu 9 March 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT
The Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments will hold a Town Hall meeting at lunch-time on March 9th to discuss its forward planning and potential future projects with all staff and students who are interested in getting involved. Everyone is welcome: please register your attendance.
The meeting will be opened by Professor Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett.
Professor Alexi Marmot (BGCLE) will introduce the aims of the centre, followed by short contributions from Dr Clare Melhuish (BGCLE/ Urban Laboratory: Learning Spaces and the city); Professor Adriana Allen (DPU: Co-learning the city - towards a pedagogy of poly-learning and planning praxis); Professor Kathryn Riley (IoE: Place and belonging in schools: the art of possibilities?); Alex Murray (BSC&PM: School property data - potential insights on outcomes and occupancy costs); doctoral candidates Sol Perez Martinez and Nerea Amoros (BSA: Design learning and citizenship), and Dr Xiaoshan Fang (Visiting Academic, South China University of Technology: The international dimension – China-UK comparison of campus design). The second part of the meeting will be an open discussion on 'Expanding knowledge frontiers on learning environments'.
The centre will provide a transdisciplinary forum for developing research-based knowledge on the relationship between learning, space and educational resources. It will explore education through the life stages and its effects on learners, teachers, communities. It will draw on and develop the wealth of existing expertise dispersed across the Bartlett’s schools, and within the IoE, to create a platform for promoting and applying expert knowledge in this field across the UK and overseas.
Such knowledge is needed urgently, since educational demand globally is expanding, forcing extensive investment in expanded infrastructure at every level; however evidence-based guidance is in short supply. The key research themes we have identified in our initial survey include:
- Design of built form in relation to pedagogies and technology, especially digital
- Sustainability, user comfort and satisfaction
- Health – physical activity and comfort within educational environments
- Economics of capital investment in educational estates, and ongoing expenditure on operating educational estates
- Urban, regional and social impacts of places and spaces of learning.
The Centre will develop new research, consultancy, and teaching activities in these areas, alongside public conferences, seminars and other events. It will host visiting academics and doctoral students. The meeting on March 9th will provide an opportunity to share information and ideas around these opportunities prior to the launch of our website in the summer, and to discuss key areas of interest for development in next year’s programme.