Students’ perspectives to configuration design of universities’ informal learning spaces

Jian Zhang, Xiancun Hu, Jilong Zhao, Chunlu Liu, Mark Luther

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Abstract

Across the Australian tertiary education sector and worldwide, the number of informal learning spaces has increased in newly constructed and retrofitted university campus projects. Research on these informal learning spaces does not pay much attention to the importance of spatial configuration design and how the configuration characteristics of an informal learning space may influence students’ selection of favourite spaces and their learning activities and outcomes.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to investigate students’ perceptions of the configuration designs of informal learning spaces on university campuses. Space syntactic theories are applied in this research to formulate the configuration characteristics of informal learning spaces, and students’ perception indexes of designed spaces based on students’ behavioural observations are used to represent students’ perceptions. An empirical study based on the Geelong Waterfront campus of Deakin University explores how the configuration features of informal learning spaces affect students’ approaches and choices. The research findings indicate that the individual learning behaviours of students tend to favour spaces with low integration and high depth values, but they reject completely quiet spaces. Designers and managers of university learning spaces could implement these research findings and approach to improve the configuration characteristics of informal learning spaces for onsite students’ learning activities and the quality of their learning outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages433–440
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018 - RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 20181 Dec 2018

Conference

Conference52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018
Abbreviated titleASA 2018
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period28/11/181/12/18

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