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CRADLE research on learning spaces featured in TLPD’s learning and teaching week​

Published on: 31-Mar-2017

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Dr Jason Lee


A study on the uses of informal learning spaces led by Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division Head Dr Peter Looker was featured in NTU’s Teaching and Learning Week held from 27 February to 3 March 2017. The initiative, which was themed “The NTU Student Learning Environment,” provided an opportunity among educators and various University stakeholders to dialogue about creating conducive learning environments in Singapore higher education institutes.

CRADLE Research Scientist Dr Jason Lee, who acts as Co-Principal Investigator for the project, presented the study outcomes in a sharing session held 1 March 2017. Research findings include factors affecting the use of learning spaces in NTU campus. The study surveyed 2,842 students in nine learning spaces around the campus in September and November 2016.

Three factors that affect the satisfaction of a learning space were identified. These include 1) comfort, 2) convenience, and 3) community. Different learning spaces offer different affordances to the users.  By understanding the different satisfaction factors of a space, it provides administrators and space planners a framework for designing and configuring new and existing spaces to meet the needs of students.

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