Learning in the 21st century still takes place in formal learning spaces such as classrooms and lecture halls. As a result of a dynamic, complex and increasingly global society and working world, informal learning spaces have also been gaining in importance for some years: co-working spaces, cafés, city squares, libraries, parks, etc. are sometimes better suited for learning than classic learning spaces and are characteristics of today’s learning culture.
The growing use of digital educational resources and the increasing use of digital media in higher education have given rise to other teaching-learning settings: digital learning spaces. The Corona pandemic has catalyzed the development of digital learning spaces. In this process, digital learning spaces also influence the requirements for the design of physical learning spaces. In this context, traditional (learning) architectures often pose challenges to teachers and learners alike when implementing innovative learning scenarios.
Since 2019, SRH University Heidelberg /Germany (HSHD) together with its two partner universities, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze /Italy (USF) and Universidade do Minho /Portugal (UMINHO) have been dealing with the learning spaces of the future from different perspectives as part of the LEARN[IN] project. For example, the partner universities in LEARN[IN] I investigated the transformation from formal to informal learning spaces at the intersection of architecture, urban planning and education during the 2019-2020 funding period. The developed project ideas set impulses for possible further developments. the focus of the current LEARN[IN] II project in the funding period 2021-2022 is digital learning spaces, the follow-up project LEARN[IN] III Learning Spaces Prototypes will create a counterpart that focuses on the quality of concrete spatial learning settings that are closely linked to digital environments. To this end, the HSHD campus will be used as a learning and experiential space. Based on the experiences in LEARN[IN] II, specific spatial concepts for the HSHD campus will be developed in LEARN[IN] III and prototypes for concrete digital learning settings will be built.
The concept envisions a three-part blended learning event series with an online conference, an online workshop, and a face-to-face event, the Building Workshop in Heidelberg. The results will be made available to the interested (specialist) public in a hybrid exhibition and via an e-book. By combining physical and digital formats and incorporating the scientific focal points of the partner universities, the professional and cultural exchange between the foreign and German participants will be made tangible and the cross-border European knowledge and cultural dialog between the partner universities will be strengthened. Program draft of the three events 2 x digital and 1 x in Heidelberg. (more information coming soon)