Changing Learning Spaces for Changing Learning Needs in Higher Education

Bob Fox,* Mark King, and Dinesh Paikeday, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of New South Wales, Australia


The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 2025 strategy supports new designs to facilitate better learning experiences for its students. This includes (re)developing many large first-year courses using more open and blended learning methods. This in turn has led to a re-examination of the University’s physical learning spaces.
This paper explores local and international case studies of different learning spaces and how new digital technologies and more student-centred learning approaches are leading to demands for new learning environments to suit changing needs in learning and teaching. The paper outlines what UNSW is doing to meet the challenges it faces for new physical learning spaces.

Keywords: Learning spaces, online-blended teaching, student learning

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