Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday 25 September

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Morning Refreshment and Registration

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Workshop A: Creating a Student Learning Journey Using LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY®

Chrystella Prathap, Lego Serious Play Trainer, Own Your Light
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is an innovative, experiential process designed to enhance innovation and performance. Based on research that shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organisation. This interactive workshop allows participants to visualise the wide impact of their student learning experience and identify potential problems and gaps that might otherwise not be obvious. In this workshop you will participate in a role play exercise that will tackle the entire student learning experience journey. In this workshop you will learn about:
• The emotional journey of your student as they interact with the learning space, teacher, classmates and pedagogy
• Strategies to create low investment, rapid student feedback processes
• Brainstorm innovative learning spaces and methods


Chrystella Prathap

Lego Serious Play Trainer
Own Your Light

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Workshop B: Design Thinking for Next Generation Learning Spaces

David Woodbury, Head, Learning Spaces & Services, North Carolina State University
Design Thinking is a user centric problem-solving mindset that combines empathy, rationality and creativity, and keeps your target users – students and teachers - at the center of the design process. Join this hands-on, interactive session that will introduce you to a new way of thinking. In this workshop, you will learn:
· An introduction to the basic foundations and benefits of Design Thinking as an innovation process
· How to start integrating Design Thinking ideas and techniques into your learning space design
· How to use Design Thinking to create user-centered journey maps that improve current learning experiences or help you think about future experiences that don't yet exist
· How to think creatively about your spaces and services regardless of the budget and learn how can design thinking spark innovative, economical and effective learning spaces.


David Woodbury

Head, Learning Spaces & Services
North Carolina State University

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

Whether in a new space or renovating an existing space, requires creative problem solving, flexibility, and collaboration across campus. In this hands-on workshop, we will detail the process of creating an ALC, from idea to implementation and beyond. In this workshop you will learn about:
· Develop a cohesive learning spaces vision grounded in research & sound pedagogy
· Explore how design thinking can be used to overcoming potential hurdles including tight budgets
· Prototype various active learning classroom layout concepts


Nathaniel Atherton

Elementary School Curriculum Coach & Primary Years Program Coordinator
Western Academy of Beijing

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Workshop D: Collaborative Learning Area 2.0: Redesigning your Open Space for Personalized Learning Experiences and Behaviors

John Stewart, Creator, Living School, Byron (Australia)
Collaborative open learning space is not a new concept, with its establishment dated back in 1970s. The buzz term, often, falls into the failure of touching the surface of collaborative learning. It simply puts many students together; creating a “too noisy” environment that dilutes the learning purpose, and intensifies the anxiety of introvert students. This workshop will elaborate the do’s and don’ts of collaborative learning space, to ensure a maximize students’ involvement and embrace their identity, eliminating their insecurities and boosting their confidence. You will learn about:
· Achieving the effective usage of jigsaw grouping, and Harkness table to emphasize the big picture of collaboration
· How to effectively utilize shared spaces/ break out spaces effectively?
· Creating an environment that necessitates and emboldens students’ voices, even the “shy ones”
· Breaking the big classroom into smaller spaces to optimize collaborative learning
· Integrating collaborative group work, with efficiency group to embrace student’s individuality


John Stewart

Living School, Byron (Australia)

6:00 PM - 6:05 PM End of Pre-Conference Workshops