Impact of Pedagogical Space Design on Collaborative Learning in Tertiary Education

E.W.M. Lam, Irene Wong, Daniel Wai Ming Chan

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The integration of communication and information technologies has induced pedagogical changes. Teaching methods have shifted from “passing expertise knowledge to students” to “active and collaborative learning”, which has brought about changes in learning space design. Facilities should be able to encourage learner participation through provisions, such as IT/AV enhancements. Learning space configuration should also allow flexibility in adapting to different uses. Modular furniture can facilitate quick reconfiguration to enhance group activities. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has carried out refurbishment work on traditional classrooms and lecture theatres aiming at improving the learning environment. Conventional classrooms and lecture theatres were renovated into modern and technology-enhanced teaching rooms to facilitate active learning. Questionnaire surveys were conducted to review the performance of the renovated learning spaces. This paper summarizes the survey findings and draws conclusions on how space and furniture design can facilitate collaborative learning in tertiary education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Singapore Learning Design and Technology Conference 2019 (SLDT 2019)
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-14-0776-5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2019
EventSingapore Learning Design and Technology Conference 2019 (SLDT 2019) - , Singapore
Duration: 1 Aug 20192 Aug 2019


ConferenceSingapore Learning Design and Technology Conference 2019 (SLDT 2019)


  • Modern technologies
  • collaborative learning
  • learning space design
  • flexible furniture

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