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January 11, 2007

Smashing the mould

Writing about web page http://education.independent.co.uk/higher/article2141963.ece

Not just breaking the mould, mind you: smashing it.  An article on learning spaces at Warwick in the Independent today talks about the Reinvention Studio and the Learning Grid:-

Do you fancy studying in a large space containing no table but, instead, a heated rubber floor on which you can loll, soft plastic squares on which you sit, a Le Corbusier reclining chair on which one person can lie, and a projector? This is what some students are doing at Warwick, Tony Blair's favourite university, and one that sees itself in the vanguard of innovation in teaching and learning.

Warwick has opened what it calls a Reinvention Centre, in which students are handed a laptop and a tablet and undertake research as part of the university's attempt to redesign teaching. The idea is to create a place where students can work together, think, talk, write and be scholarly, using all the latest technology - and at the same time free up their minds to be original.

Do the students have to hand the laptop and the tablet back again, I wonder?  Do they all get the same tablet or is there one each?

The article is equally complimentary about the Learning Grid:-

Warwick is unusual in that it has been rethinking its library spaces. Two years ago it opened the Learning Grid, a £1m futuristic space in which students can work either on their own or in groups. The Grid won the Jason Farradane Award in 2006, an international award for innovation in library services

I like the idea that the Grid is "futuristic".  It makes me think of sixties sci-fi movies, which is the look we should be aiming for in all our learning spaces, it seems to me: something like this, perhaps:-

UFO TV show


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