Case study: Testing new learning space designs prior to investment

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Mar 16
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Learning Projects are new format classrooms being trialled by Caulfield Grammar across its Wheelers Hill, Caulfield and Malvern campuses.

The prefab modular buildings have been designed to allow flexible mobile IT usage and contemporary learning approaches. They feature varied work areas for greater flexibility of discussion and collaboration, and the ability to work individually or in smaller groups.

The school is experimenting with the temporary model to assess the impact of new designs before allocating resources to more permanent changes and future buildings. The prefabs can be dismantled, relocated and re-used after Caulfield’s testing period is complete.

David Tweedie, director of Hayball architecture and interior design said of the project:

“We understand much better these days that not all kids learn in the same way. These will be hubs rich in assets for learning to take place in different ways, in purposeful spaces throughout the facility, rather than solely in traditional classroom lessons.”

E21LE: Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

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Caulfield Grammar is a partner of the E21LE Australian Research Council Linkage Project with the University of Melbourne. The project is designed to analyse learning environments through development and testing of three complementary multi-disciplinary evaluation strategies, focusing on the intersection between people and the built and virtual environment.

Andrew Syme, Principal of Caulfield Grammar School will be delivering a best practice showcase on ‘Creating new spaces through the use of portable modular buildings to test before large scale investment’ at the Learning Space Design conference this May.

He will speak on working collaboratively with architects and interior designers as well as how to unpack and use research on independent learning spaces before embarking on a project. Book your place by April 15th to save $100 on ticket prices!

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Submitted by Jessica Farrelly

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica is part of the marketing team at Criterion, specialising in content and social media. Originally from Ireland, she’s an avid traveller and moved to Sydney after a year spent living out of a backpack in Asia.

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