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University of Basel

Designing Environments for Learning

During the last 2 years, the Educational Technologies Unit at the University of Basel conducted a study and subsequent project on Campus Development, exploring and discussing questions like: How do modern technologies drive change in learning, and how does the university campus accommodate that development? What kind of learning environment can facilitate the modern learners’ diverse needs, both in physical rooms and e-learning settings? In what respect might this campus development support the university’s strategic goals? And how should different stakeholders collaborate on the way towards the “campus of tomorrow”?

Our project involved almost 100 internal and external experts and users. As a result, a working group on “Learning Spaces” (AG Lernräume) now connects the different players in the fields of campus infrastructure and services as well as didactics, in an ongoing process of conducting projects, evaluating and refining rooms and processes alike. Various pilot projects explore ways and methods e.g. of appropriate user participation, be it in workshops, through interviews or questionnaires, or in a permanent student group for early feedback on ideas and projects.

For further information on the study and project, please visit the weblog on https://itsi.ltn.unibas.ch, for information on pilot projects see https://bbit-hsd.unibas.ch/tag/lernumgebung.

For information on the learning spaces available at the University of Basel, please visit https://www.unibas.ch/de/Studium/Im-Studium/Lernraeume.html.

Examples of previous projects:

  • Student floor of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Project “Hier hat Lernen Platz!” (“Space for Learning”) exploring the multipurpose use of lecture rooms as (part-time) learning spaces for students (Kollegienhaus)
  • Redesign of students learning spaces (Petersgraben 45)
  • Design of learning space, workplaces and common room of the Basel Graduate School of History (Kanonengasse 27)

Planned projects:

  • Learning Lab at the University Library as an open space allowing for experiments on usage scenarios (UB)

Brandt, Sabina / Bachmann, Gudrun: On the Way to the Campus of Tomorrow. In: New Library World Vol. 117 Issue 1/2, 2016. PDF

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