Using the Learning Environment Observation Tool for Mapping Classroom Occupancy

2:15 PM
 3:15 PM


This session will outline how to conduct a post occupancy evaluation of a learning environment. The tool is the Learning Environment Observation Tool, developed through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2017-2019. You will be introduced to the research based concepts and practices that underpin the tool, and see the tool in action through case studies. An abbreviated form of the tool will also be used by participants to conduct an assessment of the functionality of an immediate learning environment. A discussion will also draw out the complexities of different learning environments, and how the observation tool can be used in the short and long term evaluations of functionality and usability.

#1: Identify key concepts that underpin a contextually based learning environment observation process
#2: Identify key elements of an effective learning environment observation tool
#3: Apply the learning environment observation tool to an immediate context to determine functionality and usability
#4: Identify the issues and affordances of using observation to assess learning environments
Assessment of the School Facility: The ability to objectively Evaluate a learning environment post-occupancy and utilize the data to improve future projects. Implements a plan for educational commissioning that provides guidance on how to use and maximize the learning environment to meet the foundational vision in the planning phase.

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy. 

Craig Deed, A/Professor, La Trobe University
Craig is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, and a Director of the educational design company IDE (Innovation, Design, Education). Craig's blends research and theoretical investigation into contemporary learning environments with practical implementation through his consultancy work. Craig has written over 70 research papers, monographs, edited book chapters, focused on the interactions between teaching, learning, learning environments and educational culture and innovation.

Scott Alterator, Dr iDE
Dr. Alterator is Director at Innovation, Design, Education (IDE) and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia). His work centres on the connection between education and design. He is committed to ensuring education is at the heart of educational design. Once upon a time he taught Philosophy in a High School.

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