Call for Papers: Design Learning Environments / LxD Conference
LearnXDesign 2021: 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers will take place in Jinan/China (24.–26.9.2021)

Call for Contributions to Track 09 "Design Learning Environments":
Teaching and learning approaches in design and art education can have different characteristics, ranging from traditional ex-cathedra teaching to project-based learning, sometimes even with external clients. Lecturing, self-study, teamwork, practical modelmaking, and remote teaching take turns, which is typical for the design field but can also be seen in other disciplines and K-12 education. The educational practices that arise from these different approaches often have a relation to the spaces and places in which learning takes place. The question arises of how the spatial settings of the learning institutions can be designed in order to better facilitate learning.

Compared to other aspects of educational research, such as pedagogy in general, curriculum and syllabus design, educational psychology, and learning theory, the role of the learning space is relatively under-researched. With this track we aim to explore two different perspectives on the topic: First, to understand the role of the space (physical, virtual, hybrid) in design and art education, and secondly, to investigate how learning spaces can or should be designed to facilitate learning in general.

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
● How does physical space need to adapt to facilitate experiential learning?
● What is the relation between the studio as a pedagogy and the studio as a space?
● What are contemporary design educational concepts (e.g., design thinking), and their spaces?
● What hybrid or virtual counterparts of physical space can be identified for design learning?
● How can the design of the physical space facilitate creativity and the design process in general?
● What are new trends in learning space design in K-12 education (kindergarten and elementary Schools)?
● What role does the space have as the “third teacher”?
● How can learning space capture, display, archive, transfer, and instigate (new) design knowledge?
● What new spatial formats are emerging, such as design clinics, innovation incubators, and makerspace?
● What are intangible aspects of learning spaces (such as ambiance, light, sound, smell)?
● How can learning spaces provide affordances to guide people’s behaviour?
● In what ways does the learning space need to change after Covid-19?
● What is the dark side of the learning environment (i.e., spaces that hinder creativity, collaboration, and learning)?

We invite theoretical papers, empirical studies (qualitative and quantitative), case studies and reports from the field, as well as design-based research that develops and implements new learning environments and tools and studies their possible impact.

Deadline for Submissions is March 23rd, 2021.

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