Worldwide, flexible, technology-rich learning spaces are sprouting, while many institutions are lacking guidance. At the same time, even among the nations spearheading the subject, many institutions seem to reinvent the wheel by themselves, instead of taking inspiration from what other nations exceed in.
From academic to public libraries, from schools to adult education – digital environments fuse with physical learning landscapes, and offer learners, as well as institutions themselves unforeseen possibilities.
However, realizing this very potential requires radically new measures of project management, organization structures and stakeholder interaction, as prominent examples show.
This February, the newly founded Learning-Research Center at Media University Stuttgart, Germany, established by Prof. Dr. Richard Stang and Prof. Dr. Frank Thissen, released the largest international database on learning space development. The new research database Learning Spaces – Lernwelten consolidates the trends on an international scale for the first time.
Nearly 2,000 bibliographic records and links illustrate especially furnishing, implementing and evaluating attractive and pedagogically effective learning spaces. The Learning-Research Center complements this resource with original research in physical, digital, and hybrid learning environments, especially with regard to technology use and mobile devices, the developments in Germany, Scandinavia, and the Anglo-American regions.