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29-Aug-2017

Research: How can a collaborative design process enhance the student experience?

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By ADP

By Jon Roylance

ADP has embarked on a research programme with University of Bath postgraduate student Vinutha Ginjupalli, to explore all of the elements of a successful collaborative design process to assist us in developing both new engagement tools, and a new post occupancy evaluation (POE) toolkit.

 CONTEXT

The design of higher education (HE) institutions is constantly evolving. A more diverse curriculum, new models of learning, and developments in information technology, has enabled students to study anywhere, and in a variety of ways. This has resulted in a shift in traditional pedagogical trends, from places of instruction to “flexible learning environments that engage students to maximise their learning opportunities".

And while universities have been under pressure to expand to meet increasing student numbers, they have also sought to optimise efficiency and demonstrate better utilisation of their resources.

AIMS OF RESEARCH

Analyse the benefits and need for a collaborative design process

Understand the influence in pedagogical trends in spatial design of learning environments to help deliver a future proof and environmentally sustainable designs

Assess existing POE methodologies to help develop a new comprehensive evaluation tool where results are fed back into the design process to optimise future designs. As part of this process we will be undertaking an in-depth evaluation of the Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL) designed by ADP at the University of Liverpool.

DESIRED RESEARCH OUTCOMES

A new Toolkit to deliver more effective and sustainable learning environments.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jon Roylance

Jon Roylance

Jon joined our practice in 1996, opening our Manchester studio in 2007 with
studio director Joe Morgan. Jon
leads our higher education
sector team.

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