Future Learning Spaces Rational
The rapid developments of technology in the past decade have brought significant changes in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and especially in creating new ways for learning in social and cultural contexts. However, while daily interactions are increasingly supported by mobile and networked information and communication technologies, traditional educational interactions are often technologically impoverished, creating the phenomenon known as the school-society digital disconnect. Furthermore, physical spaces for learning in current educational settings encourage traditional, and somewhat outdated pedagogical approaches. Research shows that physical environments can generate values, social activity and interactions through their constraints and affordances. Despite the increasing incorporation of technologies into educational environments, the typical classroom paradigm has changed only slightly over the past decades.
To address these issues, the LINKS I-CORE research proposal envisioned the building of an Future Learning Spaces (FLS) (previously referred to as the LINKSClass) to create a shared research infrastructure to explore the ways in which small and large groups of learners interact with each other using technology in the physical world. Since the establishment of the LINKS I-CORE, researchers have made progress in laying the conceptual and physical foundation of the FLS.