Recent shifts in the education sector have caused a sensitization about the design of learning arrangements. Altered didactic concepts also demand a transformation of space- and service structures. This regards both, the physical, as the digital space. From schools and universities to adult education centers, libraries, and museums, new learning spaces are conceptualized. During the recent years, Media University Stuttgart (Germany) has intensively focused on how such learning environments could look like. Thus, three perspectives are examined scientifically:
In view of these perspectives, the understanding of learning spaces changes, stressing a holistic outlook on the various aspects of learning, teaching, and knowledge generation. Learning settings have to be developed alongside the learners’ biography, bridging institutional frameworks
The Learning-Research-Center, consisting of the research areas “Learning Spaces“ (Prof. Dr. Richard Stang) und „Mobile Learning“ (Prof. Dr. Frank Thissen), emphasizes the following key aspects:
Didactic and methodic teaching-/learning settings: Analysis and ideal design of teaching-/ learning processes, concerning the didactic-methodic necessity for innovation
Organizational concepts: Development of organizational concepts, which meet the demands of lifelong learning;
Physical learning space: Research and development of architectonic design variations of learning spaces, aligned with the findings of teaching-, learning-, as well as cognition research.
Digital learning spaces: Research and development of media-adequate learning settings, building upon previous experiences in e-learning, but stressing especially mobile learning;
Hybrid learning space: Research and development of interfaces between physical and digital learning arrangements.
Through this web presence the Learning-Research-Center communicates research findings, offers a comprehensive review of materials (literature, links, etc.), and invites researchers and practitioners to engage in the discourse about the future.