A conceptual framework to identify spatial implications of new ways of learning in higher education

Ronald Beckers, Theo van der Voordt, Geert Dewulf
  • Facilities, February 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/f-02-2013-0013

Spatial implications of new ways of learning.

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to explore the spatial implications of new learning theories and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in higher education. Based on a review of the literature, a theoretical framework has been developed that visualises the spatial implications of developments in higher education. To further explore spatial configurations that support changes in education, a comparative floor plan analysis was carried out at four Dutch institutes of higher education. The findings show that the traditional classroom space is progressively being replaced by a variety of learning settings to support contemporary learning activities.

Why is it important?

The research findings contribute to a better understanding of the alignment of learning space to the evolving needs that come from new ways of learning, supported by advanced ICT, and can be used to support space planning in higher education.


Dr. Theo van der Voordt
Technische Universiteit Delft

This paper builds upon findings from different disciplines: Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate Management (suitability of floor plans) and Theory of Education (the pedagogical approaches and pedagogical assumptions those floor plans convey).

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Theo van der Voordt and Mr Ronald Beckers