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How informal learning spaces power student learning in universities

In an increasingly diverse and technology enabled higher education sector, many university space design guidelines are outdated and inadequate.

Universities recognise that new teaching methods require new spaces that enable both problem-based active learning and peer-to-peer interaction outside of formally timetabled classes. But space guidelines for informal learning areas are limited in scope.

Progressive universities are going beyond established space provisions to provide more than the recommended allocations for informal learning space. Their students are reaping the benefits of dedicated areas to use as and when they need.

Through surveys and behavioural observations of students, this research project compares eight new informal learning spaces in Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore to understand the optimum balance of settings for different informal learning activities.

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