Shared and Agile Learning Space Design Toolkit
The Shared and Agile Learning Space Design Toolkit is a dynamic resource for learners and educators to collaborate on the co-design of educational spaces. It promotes innovative and sustainable learning that is accessible for all teachers and pupils.
The toolkit contains sets of symbols which aim to make the principles of learning space design accessible to a wide range of users. The symbols were developed in collaboration with teachers and pupils, educators and designers to promote exploring and testing learning spaces. The toolkit consists of three sets of symbols – Learning Typologies, Learning Design Values, and Learning Design Factors.– Jonathan Hancock, Edinburgh University: Shared Learning Spaces
These videos are shared from Our Shared Learning Toolkit on Architecture & Design Scotland’s website which has further information about the toolkit.
The Toolkit Symbols
The aim of the symbolic tools is to make the design principles accessible to different stakeholders and users.
The symbols were developed in collaboration with teachers and learners, educators and designers to promote exploring and testing learning spaces. There are three sets of symbols.
The symbols bring together the conceptual, physical and agile nature of learning space design. They provide a ‘common language,’ between educators, learners and designers, for discussing, collaborating and co-creating spaces and the learning that takes place within them.
The Learning Typologies refer to different ‘types’ of learning that are fundamental to schooling. They provide symbols which signify different spaces: input-driven, scaffolded, independent, reflective, collaborative, experiential, celebratory, and so on. The symbols can be used to map out in meaningful ways how learning spaces promote different kinds of learning.
Learning Design Values
The Learning Design Values are the values that underpin design for learning in these spaces.
Learning Design Factors
The Learning Design Factors are elements such as safety, accessibility and fixtures that must be considered when assessing, adapting and renovating learning environments. They raise awareness of what makes learning spaces designs suitable and fit-for-purpose and remind users of the need to consider factors which are values-driven and promote equality for learning.
Toolkit in Action
The toolkit is an interactive aid for consultation with students and staff when planning their learning environment.
Use the toolkit for your own workshops on planning your learning environments. Check out the detailed guidance and print off your symbols.