ARC DISCOVERY PROJECT (2016-2018) MODELLING COMPLEX LEARNING SPACES: CONNECTING USE, MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN
I am currently conducting an observational study of place-based learning in higher-education, using methods from human geography and design anthropology. This has involved interviewing innovative educators in places like The Central Teaching Hub at the University of Liverpool, The Abercrombie Building at the University of Sydney Business School, Arts West and the WMBT at the University of Melbourne, and the science teaching laboratories and the Creative Practice Lab at Griffith University.
I have also been invited to participate as an educational expert in user groups involved in the redesign of the Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) completed in 2017, and in the design of the new teaching spaces in the Central and Acute Services Building (CASB) and the Innovation Hub, at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Campus, due for completion in 2020.
Based on these experiences and almost 1,000 hours of observation, I am currently developing tools to help educators (re)design space and curricula to accommodate participatory forms of learning, and connect original educational design intentions with actual teaching and learning practice over the life of large infrastructure projects—from development, to occupation, and beyond.
ARC LAUREATE FELLOWSHIP (2012-2015) LEARNING, TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN: ARCHITECTURES FOR PRODUCTIVE NETWORKED LEARNING
During my PhD I was one of four PhD candidates working on a team of ten researchers, led by Professor Peter Goodyear. During this period I conducted observations in the pilot for the X-Lab, and in the X-Lab itself, in the Charles Perkins Centre (see below). I also worked with other members of the Laureate team testing new methods for analyzing multimodal data of inquiry based learning, in open learning spaces.
This was in addition to the observational work I conducted in an innovative primary school, which formed the basis of my PhD Habits & Habitats: An ethnography of learning entanglement. I qualified for the award of Doctor of Philosophy without further conditions—a rare honour—and a copy can be accessed via the following link http://hdl.handle.net/2123/13982.