Beyond the look: Viral learning spaces as contemporary learning environments

Merilyn Childs, Regine Wagner

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In this chapter, the authors argue that a disjuncture has emerged between the look of learning spaces within learning spaces discourse, definitions of learning spaces, and the aspirations of learning spaces as a design concept that transforms higher education. Using Visual Studies methodology and photographs, the chapter contrasts the hegemonic look of learning spaces with a viral learning space - learning that is not designed or controlled by the institution. The authors argue that the Learning Spaces agenda will fail to transform higher education in the twenty first century if its proponents do not adequately conceptualize lifelong and lifewide learning achieved by learners outside the institution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment
EditorsMike Keppell, Kay Souter, Matthew Riddle
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781609601164
ISBN (Print)9781609601140
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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