Author: Heather Micheltree

New book publication – ‘Evaluating Learning Environments: Snapshots of Emerging Issues, Methods and Knowledge’



‘Evaluating Learning Environments: Snapshots of Emerging Issues, Methods and Knowledge’, edited by Wesley Imms, Benjamin Cleveland, and Kenn Fisher is currently in-press with Sense Publishers and will be available shortly for purchase.

The recent trend in innovative school design has provided exciting places to both learn and teach. New generation learning environments have encouraged educators to unleash responsive pedagogies previously hindered by traditional classrooms, and has allowed students to engage in a variety of learning experiences well beyond the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ common in many schools. These spaces have made cross-disciplinary instruction, collaborative learning, individualised curriculum, infused technologies, and specialised equipment more accessible than ever before. The quality of occupation of such spaces has also been encouraging. Many learning spaces now resemble places of collegiality, intellectual intrigue and comfort, as opposed to the restrictive and monotonous classrooms many of us experienced in years past.


These successes, however, have generated a very real problem. Do these new generation learning environments actually work – and if so, in what ways? Are they leading to the sorts of improved experiences and learning outcomes for students they promise? This book describes strategies for assessing what is actually working. Drawing on the best thinking from our best minds – doctoral students tackling the challenge of isolating space as a variable within the phenomenon of contemporary schooling – Evaluating Learning Environments draws together thirteen approaches to learning environment evaluation that capture the latest thinking in terms of emerging issues, methods and knowledge.

New Book Publication: The Translational Design of Schools

Dr Kenn Fisher’s new book ‘The Translational Design of Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach to Aligning Pedagogy and Learning Environments’ is now available through Sense Publishing.

The book examines contemporary research within the emerging, evidence-based translational design approach (EBD) to learning environments research.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

The Translational Design of Schools – Flyer

New Generation Learning Space Design 2016

Members of our research team were recently invited to present at the New Generation Learning Space Design conference.  Held at the Woodward Conference Centre at the University of Melbourne, the 2 day conference brought together industry leaders across a range of professional domains involved in the design, implementation, evaluation and use of innovative learning environments.  Dr Wesley Imms, Professor Tom Kvan, Dr Ben Cleveland, Associate Professor Kenn Fisher and a long list of researchers connected with the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) were featured speakers at the event, presenting on a range of topics from ‘Innovative Pedagogical Practice in New Learning Environments’ and ‘Utilising innovative Learning Environments to Improve Teaching Skills’ through to ‘Designing Innovative Spaces to Increase Student Engagement’.

For more information about past or future presentations and the research being conducted by the E21LE and LEaRN team, please contact us via the contacts page on this website.

Does the space make a difference?

Terry Byers and Wesley Imms recently published “Does the space make a difference? Empirical retrospective of the impact of the physical learning environment on teaching and learning evaluated by the New Generation Learning Spaces Project.”  The publication provides an overview of the approaches, methods and results from recent research conducted at Anglican Church Grammar School in collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s ‘Evaluating 21st century Learning Environments’ research project and ‘Learning Environments Applied Research Network’ (LEaRN). 

Research conducted at the Anglican Church Grammar School, sought evaluate the impact of the physical learning environment on teaching and learning.  For more information, visit our publications page and download the publication.

Publication Link

Research by the E21LE and LEaRN team was recently featured in Atrium.

The latest edition of Atrium features an article on the research being conducted by Terry Byers as part of the Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments research project, as well as an article by Ben Cleveland on ‘Researching Effective Learning Spaces’.  To read these articles, and others on learning environments research, click on the link below.

E21LE Newsletter 2: October 2015

The October 2015 E21LE newsletter is now available for download.

E21LE October 2015 newsletter.pdf

Terrains Proceedings Hard copy Now Available

Terrains 2015 is now available in hard copy. Please contact Heather Day Mitcheltree for all enquiries.

New Generation Learning Environments; are students with suboptimal hearing abilities included?

Leanne Rose-Munro, MEd presentation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Click here to view the presentation

Expression of Interest Information

The LEaRN team that hosts E21LE was recently successful in being awarded another ARC Linkage grant in learning environments, due to begin in 2016.

Expressions of interest for the ILETC project are now closed. If you submitted an application, please wait to be contacted with further instructions regarding your application progress.

Project Information Sheet


Making the case for space: The effect of classroom layout on teacher and student usage and perceptions of one to one technology