Workshop Day

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and Morning Coffee

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Workshop A: Post Occupancy Evaluation of Physical Learning Environments

Grant Kanik, Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS
In order to develop user centric learning spaces that meet pedagogical, space and technology requirements, it is critical to assess and evaluate existing spaces. Evidence-based design and continuous design improvement will rely on a variety of tools to capture both quantitative and qualitative feedback from user groups. With this in mind, this workshop will take you through a step-by step guide on how to create a post occupancy strategy, execute it and assess findings.

With this in mind, this workshop will provide you with the tools to:

  • Communicate the purpose and importance of Post Occupancy Evaluation in determining space improvements
  • Create an effective POE strategy, identify key issues that must be addressed
  • Identify key roles and functions that should take ownership at each stage of the process and develop an effective brief
  • Conduct a POE through surveys, interviews, meetings and observations:
  • Assess key findings: Leveraging digital and non digital tools to assess People, Process, Technology and Physical Spaces
  • Structure, prepare and present key findings to key stakeholders
  • Utilise the findings to improve the effectiveness of physical learning environments

Grant Kanik

Associate Principal and Senior Vice President
HKS

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Workshop B: Future Libraries: Re-thinking Traditional Spaces and Aligning them With User Expectations

As more Universities start to focus on improving student experience, it creates an opportunity to re-design and re-invent existing spaces. Many University Libraries are being assessed to determine improvement areas, but rather than thinking about physical spaces, many are putting digital innovation at the top of their lists. Books will continue to have their place in libraries for years to come, but as the way students consume and digest information changes, so does the need to re-think how spaces are used. Determining the best approach and maximising the use of space will be the biggest challenge moving forward.
With this in mind, this workshop is will provide you with the tools to:
  • Review recent trends influencing the future of University Libraries and analyse their implications on design, user experience and operation
  • Assess your space and storage arrangements, identify unique requirements and develop leaner learning environments and user centric space
  • Look at storage arrangements/ consortiums to house older journals, along with other technologies to build leaner learning environments

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Workshop C: Improving the Student Experience through Learning Space Design

Alastair Robertson, Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Abertay Dundee
Rising fees, emerging technology and the introduction of new frameworks has created an environment where students expect more from the investment. As they start to behave more like consumers, pressure is applied to the HE sector to adapt and evolve their offerings to remain competitive and ensure they attract, retain and engage students throughout their entire journey. This workshop will focus on improving experience through new teaching methods and emerging technology in both physical and virtual spaces.

By participating in this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Create an environment that will effectively support the student journey and improve engagement and experience
  • Leverage technology and teaching methods to enhance student engagement
  • Capture qualitative and quantitative data from students
  • Foster active learning and social interaction
  • Assess, interpret and apply key findings to improve existing learning spaces
  • Develop new pilot learning spaces that support best practice in teaching, learning, and campus planning

Alastair Robertson

Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement
University of Abertay Dundee