Leading Change with Learning Spaces

5 Sep 2019

It is an honour to invite you to a presentation on collaborative teaching and learning spaces by Adam Finkelstein, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a partner institute of Maastricht University.


Date: 26 September 2019
Location: Maastricht University (exact location will follow)
Time & programme:
  • From 10.30 onwards you are welcome for coffee and tea
  • 11.15 – 12.15: Presentation
  • 12.15 – 12.30: Moderated discussion
  • 12.30 – 13.30: Networking Lunch
Adam Finkelstein

Adam Finkelstein

Why activating learning spaces?

Students that engage in deep learning show greater educational gains and success. In order to create these opportunities for meaningful, deep learning, students need to be actively engaged in the classroom. Where we learn, has a significant impact on how we learn. As educators, we need to be aware of the impact that learning spaces can have on learning and how we can best take advantage of them.

Many institutions have come to recognise the importance of designing learning spaces based on what we know about how students learn. Some acknowledge, that learning spaces are the physical representations of their institutions’ values and vision for learning. There has been little discussion, however, as to how to lead such a change. Using a change framework, Adam Finkelstein will analyse a ten-year process of how McGill, a large research-intensive university, has changed to make learning spaces a strategic priority.


About Adam Finkelstein

Adam Finkelstein develops educational university-wide initiatives to improve teaching and learning. His teams develop different types of award-winning technology-enhanced teaching and learning projects, from pedagogical support of the LMS to developing McGill’s MOOCs. He also chairs the groups responsible for the selection, design and renovation of all classrooms and teaching labs at McGill and is a co-author of the Learning Space Rating System. He has given numerous international keynotes, presentations and workshops on topics from learning design, learning technologies to learning spaces.


Join us

This presentation is relevant for several UM projects that involve the (re)design of PBL and the supporting physical and virtual learning spaces.

His UM visit follows the Erasmus staff exchange of Ilse Sistermans, online and blended PBL specialist at Maastricht University Library, when she visited McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services early May.

Author: Ilse Sistermans, online and blended learning specialist at UM Library


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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