Not a waste of space: professional development for staff teaching in New Generation Learning Spaces


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The project responded to the critical need to focus on improving teaching in [Next] Generation Learning Spaces, since billions of dollars have been spent on designing or retrofitting these spaces. Next Generation Learning Spaces are specifically designed to increase active learning and to support a more student-centred approach to teaching and learning. While these spaces vary in their exact characteristics, they typically are: carefully planned to facilitate interactions between students and promote active learning; designed to allow for flexible use and arrangement of furniture;...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Providers of education and training; Higher education; Innovation; Teaching and learning; Technology

Keywords: Professional development; Educators; Teachers; University; Learning activities; Educational innovation

Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania

Published: Sydney, New South Wales: Office for Learning and Teaching, 2014

Physical description: [129] p.

Access item: la Harpe_report_2014.pdf

Also called: Not a waste of space: professional development for staff teaching in [Next] Generation Learning Spaces

ISBN: 9781743615119 (pdf); 9781743615126 (docx); 9781743615102 (print)

Statement of responsibility: Barbara de la Harpe and Thembi Mason, with contributions from Megan McPherson, Emily Koethe, Nick Faulkner

On cover: Final report 2014. Although the title of the report refers to ‘New’ Generation Learning Spaces they are referred to throughout the report as ‘Next’ Generation Learning Spaces. More information may be found at:

Resource type: Report

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, and where otherwise noted, all material presented in this document is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Document number: TD/TNC 117.245

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