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Pre-Conference Workshop M3

How to Create Innovative Learning Spaces

Date Wednesday, Dec 5  Time   –    Room Bishop   Price: 95.00 €   Status: fully booked

Workshop leader

OEB speaker Ebba  Ossiannilsson

Ebba Ossiannilsson

Vice President, Swedish Association for Distance Education and ICDE, Sweden


"If you can design the physical space, the social space, and the information space all together to enhance collaborative learning, then that whole milieu turns into a learning technology, and people just love working there, and they start learning with and from each other." John Seely Brown

We are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

In this era of the “fourth industrial revolution”, as we strive to implement UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals for Education 2030 (access, inclusiveness, lifelong learning, equity, equality, quality and democracy), there is an urgent need to rethink and optimise learning spaces for all.

To be proactive, and to cope with the fourth industrial revolution and learners of today, educators need to make learning spaces work for everyone.

Active, authentic learning requires innovative learning spaces, and we need strategies to embrace these extended learning spaces for active learning.

Innovative learning spaces require innovative leadership and management to be realised and become embedded, embraced and sustainable.

Space, whether physical or virtual, has an impact on learning. It not only brings people together – it can encourage and facilitate exploration, collaboration, and discussion. Space may include, for example, living space, physical space, social space, or intellective space. Space has to be considered both for informal and formal learning as these merge and lines between them blur.

During this Pre-Conference Workshop, we will discuss characteristics of innovative learning spaces, the impact of innovative learning spaces on student motivation and outcomes, as well as leadership.

Target audience

HR specialists, learning and design directors, academics, managers and leaders at all levels, librarians, architects, infrastructure designers, influencers


The Workshop will engage you in the emerging theme of innovative learning spaces in a digital era. It is designed for active participation and collaboration and will be facilitated in a learning café format to ensure we can all share and exchange best practice for innovative learning spaces. You will have a chance to explore key areas and characteristics of innovative learning spaces with peers. In addition, under the guidance of the Workshop’s expert facilitator, we will elaborate on leadership characteristics and stakeholder involvement in order to cultivate a culture of innovative qualitative learning spaces.

In short, we will focus on how we can create and cultivate a true culture of innovative learning spaces at the micro, meso, and macro levels.


09:00 Welcome, and Icebreaking session
09:20 Introduction, and keynote
10:00 Coffee break and networking mingle
10:45 Workshop, best/next practise
12:30 Wrapping up, conclusions, and recommendations