Future learning environments

I was involved in an innovation-design project about redesigning the learning environments for university students at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Specially, I was in charge of an app development for the final solution.

Trinity College Dublin’s E3 project is combining the School of Engineering, the School of Natural Science and the School of Computer Science into a single facility to be housed in two new purpose built buildings. Trinity aims to revolutionize how technology subjects are taught in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and is moving to a more project based learning model - the Trinity Education Programme (TEP). The university challenged to the team of “what will the learning environment for technology students look like in 2025?” Then began the process of ideation and the development of various concepts. These prototypes of these concepts and testing to validate or gain new insights. Out of this the team developed five concepts that are critical to any solution for its student user - flexibility, ownership, motivation, interaction and collaboration. These concepts lead to the proposed project solution that the development of a new culture of collaboration lead by students would support the university’s move to a more project based learning model and establish the groundwork that would support future peer to peer learning models. The new collaboration spaces of the building will be student managed, by student ambassadors paid by the university, who will oversee room booking and makerspace training. If students are in charge of the collaboration spaces, students will feel it belong to them. A feeling of ownership is really important in engaging students with their spaces. During the project, I was under the supervision of Juan Pablo García-Cifuentes during the along the project duration from October 2016 to June 2017.