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Learning Hubs

Teaching and learning spaces with interactive digital technologies for collaborative working

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What issue is the project tackling?

Digital evolution is changing jobs and the nature of work. New interactive digital technologies require and facilitate new forms of teaching and learning.

Virtual Reality im Maschinenbau

By way of example, augmented reality (AR)* is being deployed in the mechanical engineering sector. For example, fitters carrying out maintenance work can display the maintenance contracts of individual machines or a succession of work steps using a smartphone or AR goggles.

Virtual Reality in der Architektur

Architects in different locations can work together on the same 3D model of a building, then view the virtual model of the building on the construction site and assess its impact on the surroundings.

The use of interactive digital technologies and collaborative forms of work is increasing in the world of work. Educational institutions worldwide are examining how new technologies can be deployed in a way that is educationally meaningful and that fosters learning, and how this impacts learning and teaching. This is influencing the design of classrooms.

At the FHNW's schools, learning takes place in a variety of teaching and learning spaces, depending on the discipline. These include seminar and lecture rooms, laboratories (e.g. chemistry/physics), open-plan learning zones, group workstations, music rooms for private lessons, recording and video studios, art ateliers, maker studios and libraries.

Recent years have witnessed the emergence of flexible spaces that can be used collaboratively and which are equipped with specific functionalities and interactive digital technologies (e.g. open-plan spaces with mobile furnishings, large touch-screen monitors); some have a creative "workshop feel".

* Explanation: AR goggles are equipped with a micro display and camera for the visualisation of additional information.

What results and impacts is the project aiming to achieve?

The aim of the strategic initiative "FHNW Learning Hubs" is to develop teaching in the context of digital evolution and leverage synergies between the nine schools so as to create added value for our students and continuing education participants, and ultimately for companies and organisations. The initiative also aims to answer the following questions:

  • What do learning spaces that support collaborative teaching and learning look like?
  • Which interactive digital technologies foster learning and are educationally meaningful and user-friendly?
  • In what context can appropriate interactive digital technologies be used in a meaningful way?

The project describes good practice examples of classrooms featuring new interactive digital technologies; corresponding teaching and learning scenarios are presented and made available to interested employees. Staff teaching at the FHNW who use new interactive digital technologies should have the opportunity to network with each other in order to share experiences and good practice examples.

The strategic initiative "FHNW Learning Hubs" is also intended to provide decision-making bodies with an analytically and empirically supported basis for the further development of existing pilot spaces and the establishment of possible new pilot spaces for a range of teaching and learning scenarios.

What distinguishes the interdisciplinary collaboration in the project?

The planning and realisation of a networked teaching/learning space requires specialist input from various fields and therefore an interdisciplinary approach. The needs of higher education institutions and disciplines must be taken into account in relation to their various educational settings. Also to be taken into consideration are the interior design (aesthetics, design, furniture, etc.) of the space, its technical facilities (tablets, workspaces, etc.) and its incorporation into the overall construction and spatial operational concept of a university or campus. The development of existing rooms and the creation of new-build innovative teaching/learning spaces depend on an interdisciplinary approach as well as on the involvement of all nine of the FHNW's schools, complete with teaching staff and students, Corporate IT, the e-learning contact point (ELK), and the relevant persons in charge of the spaces.

Contact

Bernd Eichinger

Dr. Bernd Eichinger

Head of University Development Projects

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
Bahnhofstrasse 6, 5210 Windisch
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T +41 56 202 71 39 (direkt)

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