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University of Basel

Designing Environments for Learning

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”?

The working group on “Learning Spaces” (AG Lernräume) tries to find appropriate answers to these questions. It 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)

Working Group on Learning Spaces

Sabina Brandt (Project Coordinator)
Educational Technologies

Dr. Gudrun Bachmann
Head of Learning and Teaching & Educational Technologies

Cornelia Eitel
University Library

Kristin Hoschke
Real Estate Development

Michèle Martin
Student Services / Room Allocation

Dr.-Ing. Irmo Lehmann
Head of Facilities

Daniel Seitz
Student Union




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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