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Morieson, Lucy; Murray, Gabrielle; Wilson, Rachel; Clarke, Bronwyn; Lukas, Karli – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2018
In the face of diverse challenges to traditional higher education (HE) models, creating and defining the value of an on-campus student experience has become a key concern for HE institutions. Originating in response to these challenges, The Belonging Project seeks to improve the student experience in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Student Experience, College Students, Learner Engagement
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Walker, J. D.; Baepler, Paul – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2018
Research on different types of classroom spaces indicates that innovative classrooms can improve student learning. This study explores one mechanism that may underlie this effect, namely the social context of teaching and learning. The validated Social Context and Learning Environments (SCALE) survey was administered to over 2000 undergraduate…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Predictor Variables, Classroom Environment, Undergraduate Students
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Deed, Craig; Alterator, Scott – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2017
Evaluating informal learning spaces in higher education institutions needs to respond to the complex conceptual orientation underpinning their intention and design. This article outlines a model of participatory analysis that accounts for the conceptual complexity, lived experience and broad intentions of informal learning space. Further, the…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Higher Education, Models, Educational Environment
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Nitecki, Danuta A.; Simpson, Katherine – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2016
Lack of commonly used vocabulary for informal learning environments hinders precise communication concerning what is observed, assessed, and understood about the relationship between space and learning. This study empirically extends taxonomies of terms and phrases that describe such relationships through content analysis of descriptions of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Taxonomy, Vocabulary, Content Analysis
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Aladjem, Ruthi; Jou, Bibiana – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2016
One of the challenges of teaching and learning a foreign language is that students are not being sufficiently exposed to the target language. However, it is quite common to find linguistic and cultural exponents of different foreign languages in authentic contexts (termed the "Linguistic landscape"). Using the Linguistic landscape as a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Informal Education, Social Media
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Altimare, Emily; Sheridan, David M. – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2016
A body of research suggests that learning communities provide a range of academic benefits by increasing social connectedness. Researchers have also hypothesized that informal learning spaces--nonclassroom spaces (NCSs)--can facilitate learning by supporting social connectedness. This study uses qualitative methods to explore the way nonclassroom…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, Informal Education, School Space, State Universities
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Felix, Elliot – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2011
Much progress has been made in creating informal learning spaces that incorporate technology and flexibly support a variety of activities. This progress has been principally in designing the right combination of furniture, technology, and space. However, colleges and universities do not design services within learning spaces with nearly the same…
Descriptors: School Space, Informal Education, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services