The Translational Design of Universities

From Campus to Classroom

In: The Translational Design of Universities


Transforming learning environment design thinking from primarily the ‘look’ or form must be accompanied by a renewed focus on functionality. The rapid emergence of broadband wireless means we can access information online anytime anywhere – in a virtual community or place – as the massive online open courseware (MOOC) and massive online campus courseware (MOCC) phenomenon have attested to. Should we now re-engineer our physical learning environments to ensure they are optimal for this form of knowledge construction? Many innovations have been developed to support this virtual/physical hybrid model but do they work? I argue that these innovations – or research projects – must be evaluated and the evidence of their efficacy gained used to translate innovate learning environments into working operational models in a scaled-up system- and campus-wide format. Translational design can be used to evaluate learning and knowledge environments to assist in improving learning outcomes.


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