(Deutsch) Die Zukunft der Lernwelt Hochschule

(Deutsch) Die Zukunft der Lernwelt Hochschule 2017-08-20T12:54:18+00:00
(Deutsch) Lernwelten im Wandel – Bildungsstrukturen neu denken 2017-08-20T12:54:38+00:00
(Deutsch) Studierende der HdM gestalten school@LEARNTEC mit 2017-08-20T12:55:07+00:00
The Science of Effective Learning Spaces 2017-08-20T12:56:16+00:00

edutopia.org is a web site by George Lucas Educational Foundation, doing research and showing examples of the future of schools, learning, pedagogics and learning spaces as well.

The article The Science of Effective Learning Spaces gives interesting and inspiring information the influence of light and seating Arrangements on students´ cognitive performance.

Project report on learning space concepts 2017-08-20T12:58:21+00:00
Project report on learning space concepts

Cross-linguistic research project compares and contrasts learning space definitions and concepts

von Stefan Volkmann

Independent of institutional or linguistic contexts, the scientific discourse on learning spaces is missing a clear vocabulary in many regards (Volkmann & Stang, 2015). In order to build a foundation from which solutions can emerge, a research project assessed the broad spectrum of terms and concepts in the English and German language areas.

The report shows a ‘content-form’ scheme to be the basic structure of most terms. Hence, design-wise and from didactic perspectives, there is a structured approach towards reading and understanding learning space terms and definitions. Only the organizational dimension of the learning environment cannot be decoded therefrom. In general, unequal usage of the terms makes a denotative definition difficult.


Oftentimes, however, they are treated and interpreted very similarly, across language and countries. On the contrary, many concepts hint towards an expert discourse and terminology, which requires an antonym for public-oriented naming and branding of learning spaces.

To allow scientific systematization, this study reveals the connotative definitions and usage varieties of popular terms. German and English terms have been analyzed, including arrangement, setting, space, place, environment, landscape, world, point, atelier, studio, lab, campus, maker and hackerspace, coworking, mediatheque, center, commons, hubs, and individual names for learning centers. The scope of the report is targeting the German community, however, English-speaking sources have been used extensively. An extensive bibliography links prominent literature citing, using, and interpreting the above terms.


Publication release: Space for Education 2017-08-20T13:02:36+00:00
Publication release

Space for Education

Subjects move and act in spatial contexts and constitute places in their acting. This applies also for the learning of adults and the professional practice of adult education. The systematic inclusion of spatial aspects into the science of adult education is yet a rare phenomenon, however. Prof. Dr. Richard Stang, together with Christian Bernhard (German National Agency for Education in Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training), Prof. Dr. Katrin Kraus (Pedagogical College at University of Applied Sciences Northern Switzerland) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Silke Schreiber-Barsch (University of Hamburg) move this topic into focus within the volume “Adult Education and Space”.


The book ties relevant theoretical discourses and latest research findings together and delivers theoretical foundations. The discussion about the category space in adult education, in this volume, does not just encompass physical space, but moreover social space, digital environments, and regional contexts. Through the entanglement of these various perspectives, the inclusion of spatial discussions in adult education is accomplished, the relevance of space for practitioners and researchers is approximated, and fundamental demands in research and development are illustrated.

Christian Bernhard, Katrin Kraus, Silke Schreiber-Barsch, Richard Stang (Hrsg.): Erwachsenenbildung und Raum. Theoretische Perspektiven – professionelles Handeln – Rahmungen des Lernens. Bielefeld: wbv 2015, 235 Seiten, 34,90 Euro

Symposium “Designing Education Paths” in Nürnberg, Germany, November 12-13, 2015 2017-08-20T13:04:06+00:00
Perspectives for Education

Symposium “Designing Education Paths” in Nürnberg, Germany, November 12-13, 2015

From November 12-13, 2015, Nürnberg will become a meeting place for municipal decision-makers, as well as experts in adult education and libraries from all over Germany. The symposium “Designing Education Paths – New Paths of Networking in Municipal Education Landscapes” presents and discusses novel ways of connecting and collaborating in communal learning regions.

Placing the learning man in the center – and as such citizens‘ education biographies – a change of perspectives is necessary: It is institutions’ responsibility to cooperate more intensive, systematic, and goal-oriented. For cities, this requires a self-conception as a municipal education landscape, in which the local learning opportunities become a part of a system for the support of lifelong learning.


The conference approaches the relation of lifelong learning, the plurality of learning spaces, and their effective cooperation. Renowned scholarly key speakers from present latest research results, while practitioners report on concrete models of cooperation from various cities.

Around 150 participants from German-speaking countries are expected during this two-day symposium, hosted by the Bildungscampus Nürnberg, in cooperation with Stuttgart Media University (www.hdm-stuttgart.de; www.learning-research.center) and the German Institute of Adult Education (www.die-bonn.de). The entire agenda, as well as the registration form are available at www.bz.nuernberg.de.

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward 2017-08-20T13:05:12+00:00

How Opening Up Classroom Doors Can Push Education Forward

Education-centric urban development as a challenge 2017-08-20T13:07:12+00:00

Symposium „Rein in die Stadt!?“

Education-centric urban development as a challenge


Learning spaces in large cities and the urban periphery were key concern of the symposium “Rein in die Stadt!?” (“Into the city!?”) of the task force “Adult Education and Space”, taking place February 20/21 2015 at Hamburg University, Germany. Scope of the convent and the task force was the discourse on research relationships and results. Fundamental questions addressed the consequences of spacial concepts for scientific theory construction and for professional (adult) pedagogy; theoretic and methodic conclusions from the respective space concepts for research in adult education were drawn.

Prof. Dr. Richard Stang – Lecture: new  Educationcentres
(Source: Emma Fawcett ,Universität Hamburg)

The approaches, which were central to the congress, were:

  • Structures (space, in which man lives)
  • Perception (space, which man experiences)
  • Action (space, lived by man)

The event, organized by Sikle Schreiber Barsch and Rosa Bracker (both Hamburg University) yielded manifold perspectives on these issues. Malte Ebner von Eschenbach (Potsdam University) fathomed the interdependencies of social ecology and a relational space understanding. Claudia Tunsch (Göttingen University) presented an education-theoretic space analysis model. The interplay of planning, design, and occupancy of pedagogical space was central to the thoughts of Katrin Kraus (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland). Jana Trumann (Duisburg-Essen University) looked at alternative active learning spaces. Bern Käpplinger and Svenja Krämer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) tackled the problem of research in the light of communal interests.

Richard Stang (Media University Stuttgart) introduced perspectives for an education-centric urban development, setting new grounds for communal lifelong learning with new education and culture centers. Internationally, many cities began redesigning spaces for learning. Examples illustrated approaches to education-centered urban development, while actual strategic concepts are missing, still.

The agenda was highlighted by two comprehensive speeches with strong reference to Hamburg. Hannelore Faulstich-Wieland (Hamburg University) presented the output of the researcher Martha Muchow, who intensively dealt with the living environment of big city adolescents at Hamburg University in the 1920s/30s (http://blogs.epb.uni-hamburg.de/marthamuchow). After losing her professorship at the University as a result of the National Socialists in 1933, she committed suicide. In his talk, Peter Faulstich illustrated the dispute on the “Rote Flora” in Hamburg, and how space conflicts can set impulses for learning.

This symposium made clear that relation of space and education becomes a stronger focus of pedagogic research. Hence, it comes with no surprise that the Congress of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE) 2016 adresses the topic “Spaces for Education – Spaces of Education” (http://www.dgfe.de/dgfe-kongresse.html)

Winning design for „Bildungshaus Wolfsburg“ released 2017-08-20T13:07:53+00:00

Winning design for „Bildungshaus Wolfsburg“ released

Since mid-2011, Prof. Dr. Richard Stang (HdM) is consulting the German city of Wolfsburg in developing a concept for their new “Bildungshaus”, merging the further education center, the public library, the media center, and the upper school of the Neue Schule Wolfsburg. One central idea was the spacial integration of contextual contents. The library and the further education rooms are not any longer separated, but form one entity. Participants in adult education will go to classrooms in areas where the library exhibits matching media.

This concept also imposed a big challenge to the architecture competition Richard Stang has been consulting

On January 26, 2015, the winning design for the future Bildungshaus was released.

The Bildungshaus in Wolfsburg.
(Source: The City Wolfsburg)

The Helsinki based architecture firm Esa Ruskeepää Architects and the landscape architects Fugmann Janotta Landscape Architecture from Berlin will design the building, next to the Klieversberg at the opening of the town.

Design of the Bildunghauses in Wolfsburg.
(Source: Stadt Wolfburg)

The facility shall become an innovative, interconnected Learning Space with 16,500 square meters, spearheading the development of municipal education- and culture centers.

The designs of the winning team convinces in their urbanistic position and architectural impression, living up to the high importance this project has for the city. The exceptional plantation in and outside the building will be realized by Tita Giese Pflanzenprojekte from Düsseldorf. The 34 year old architect Esa Ruskeepää manages to translate the manifold requirements of the target group into a persuading space structure and atmosphere, corresponding with the idea of the Bildungshaus. The said structure allows for a barrier-free guidance and orientation system, promising a long-range flexibility of usage.

Preceded by a two-phase planning competition last year, the jury first chose three designs from 112 submissions. In summer 2014, a negotiation procedure followed, allowing the three candidates to expand on their ideas. .

„The winning design supplies a solid basis to give the new ideas and concepts we’re dealing with a constructional framework“, ”, judges Richard Stang. “We have to rethink education not only content-wise, but also spacially, since the integration of digital medial imposes a growing challenge; and this considering the simultaneously growing interest of the learners to remain in physical learning spaces, while communicating to others”, is what Richard Stang prognoses, considering his results that were consolidated in the Learning Research Center. From his research, he consults municipalities developing new education and cultural centers.