Designing and Evaluating Learning Spaces: PaSsPorT and Design-Based Research

Designing and Evaluating Learning Spaces: PaSsPorT and Design-Based Research

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-114-0.ch006
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This chapter discusses the purposes, design and implementation of a physical experimental learning and teaching space which forms part of the University of Southern Queensland’s Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI). It identifies challenges associated with the initial design and offers some recommendations for addressing these challenges. The concept and principles of the PaSsPorT design model which has been developed to guide the redesign of the space are introduced, and a brief description of another ADFI space, the software research and development laboratory follows. The paper also introduces a process for evaluating the design and implementation of learning, teaching, and research spaces using design-based research to frame the model.
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ADFI is a research and innovation Institute established in 2008. The scope, focus and strategic intent of the Institute align with the University’s 2020 vision to be recognised as a world leader in open and flexible higher education. ADFI contributes to both the eLearning and the eResearch agendas and aims to form strong links and networks locally, nationally and internationally with like-minded individuals and groups. It has two physical environments: the Technology Enhanced Learning Laboratory (TELL), which provides a facility for staff and students to investigate technology-enhanced learning innovations and the Software Research and Development Laboratory (SRDL) which accommodates the software development team and provides some access to software and hardware for trial purposes. ADFI's goals are underpinned by research with the relationship between learning and innovation at the heart of its overall agenda.

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