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  1. Learning at City Conference 2017
Learning Enhancement and Development

Poster 2

Designing Active Learning Initiative (DALI)

Santanu Vasant & Jorge Freire - City, University of London, Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)

The poster will summarise the research conducted by the Learning Spaces Theme on requirements for and on the use of learning spaces and in-class technology by lecturers and students at City, University of London.  This research conducted by the Educational Technology Team and the Learning Spaces Theme, started in 2013 (Bullimore et al, 2013), includes focus groups, staff interviews, pilots and contributions to external publications (UCISA, 2016).

The findings will show how the Theme aimed to design technology-enhanced and flexible learning spaces that enable active learning to take place; optimise the Institution’s capacity to support flexible modes of education whilst enhancing existing practice; and to design a learning environment that supports learning within an institution, ensuring students develop the ability to study and research independently.

The research findings will also demonstrate how the theme designed and delivered staff development sessions that aimed to support diverse teaching styles and help staff providing students with an appropriate level of contact and stimulation, encouraging student effort (Vasant, 2015).

Finally, the poster will identify the first steps taken to address future areas of necessary research, mainly through the DALI Project (LEaD, 2016), that will update central learning spaces over the next few years, assess the use of new learning spaces and in-class technology by lecturers and students and deliver staff development, so lecturers can make the best use of these spaces and technologies.


Bullimore, A., Reader, K. & Sultany, A. (2013). Flexible Learning Spaces Evaluation Report. Learning at City Journal, 3(1), pp. 79-91.

Department for Business, Innovations and Skills. (2015). Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/higher-education-teaching-excellence-social-mobility-and-student-choice. Last accessed 11th March 2016.

LEaD. 2016. Learning Spaces. [Online]. Available at: http://www.city.ac.uk/lead/learning-spaces Last accessed 22th April 2016
Pates, D., Sumner, N. 2015. E-Learning Spaces and the Digital University: Where the Physical Meets the Digital. In: ICICTE 2015. 9th-11th July 2015, Kos, Greek Islands [Online], Available at: http://www.icicte.org/ICICTE2015Proceedings%28Papers%29/5.2%20Final%20135%20Pates%20and%20Sumner%20.pdf, ICTE, p.172 Last accessed 22th April 2016.

UCISA. (2016). The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit. Available at: http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/groups/exec/learning_spaces/. Last accessed 11th March 2016.

Vasant, S. 2015. Active Learning Workshops and New Learning Spaces. 30/03/2015. Educational Vignettes [Online]. Available at: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/Educationalvignettes/2015/03/30/Active-Learning-Workshops-And-New-Learning-Spaces/ Last accessed 22th April 2016.

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