Teaching to the space

students' perceptions of learning following their teachers' participation in a programme of collaborative professional development supporting teaching in the Collaborative Learning Forum

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    Abstract

    Macquarie University's Collaborative Learning Forum is a space that was designed to support multiple learning modes, from traditional lecture formats to more active and collaborative pedagogies, for class sizes of up to one hundred students. Evidence suggests that effective professional development is necessary to sustain innovative pedagogies in innovative spaces. The present study describes the Forum project, in which ten teachers collaborated to define what constitutes quality learning and teaching practice in the Forum, and then designed their units to be consistent with these principles. Data from a student evaluation questionnaire is reported which explores their views on the space itself, whether they were given opportunities to be active and collaborative, whether these activities enhanced their learning, whether they teachers created a supportive learning environment, and whether they were satisfied with the value and quality of their learning experience there. There was a general pattern of agreement among students that these things were true, and this suggests that the professional development offered to teachers enabled them to utilise the affordances of the Forum to deliver a valuable and high quality learning and teaching experience to their students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch and development in higher education
    Subtitle of host publicationthe place of learning and teaching
    EditorsS. Frielick, N. Buissink-Smith, P. Wyse, J. Billot, J. Hallas, E. Whitehead
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    Pages404-413
    Number of pages10
    Volume36
    ISBN (Print)0908557930
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventHERDSA Annual International Conference (36th : 2013) - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 1 Jul 20134 Jul 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceHERDSA Annual International Conference (36th : 2013)
    CityAuckland, New Zealand
    Period1/07/134/07/13

    Keywords

    • learning and teaching spaces
    • teacher professional development
    • student engagement, learning and satisfaction

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    Robertson, G. (2013). Teaching to the space: students' perceptions of learning following their teachers' participation in a programme of collaborative professional development supporting teaching in the Collaborative Learning Forum. In S. Frielick, N. Buissink-Smith, P. Wyse, J. Billot, J. Hallas, & E. Whitehead (Eds.), Research and development in higher education: the place of learning and teaching (Vol. 36, pp. 404-413). Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.