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Journal of Learning Spaces
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ISSN (Print) 2158-6195
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  • Space-time as a symbolic, cultural and curricular element of educational
           practice. Constitution of place as an educative and identity process

    • Authors: Fernando Gómez-Gonzalvo, Alberto Moreno Doña, Sergio Toro Arévalo
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • Development and evaluation of an online homework system for high school
           physics classes

    • Authors: Elife Ceviker, Jesse Strycker, Alex Moody
      Abstract: This case study used a design-based research approach to examine the development and evaluation of an online homework system to support learning and problem-solving in a high school physics course. Emergent themes included challenges of building the system, strengths and weaknesses of it, and the benefits to students. While the system largely met desired outcomes and was well received by the students, concerns were raised about the quality and timeliness of some feedback/scaffolding provided by the system. Development of other such systems may help to support students and teachers during the current and post-COVID educational transition.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • The University Desk Chair: Examining the Impact on Learner Comfort and
           Ability to Focus

    • Authors: Joseph Kulka, Deborah Doherty, Sara F. Maher
      Abstract: A mismatch between furniture and body characteristics can cause musculoskeletal discomfort during prolonged sitting for adult learners. Sixty-seven university learners rated their perceived discomfort and ability to focus while using four common desk chairs. A desk chair with padding and a large frame was rated significantly highest in overall comfort. Participants reported significantly increased upper back pain when using a desk chair with minimal arm support. During periods of prolonged seating, desk chairs should accommodate various sized bodies and have cushioning. Upper extremity support is also recommended.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • Student and Faculty Perception of Engagement in Two Active Learning
           Classroom Designs

    • Authors: Duane V. Knudson, Mary Odum, Karen Meaney
      Abstract: Faculty and student perception of engagement in two (mobile desks or mobile tables and chairs) low-tech active learning classroom (ALC) designs were compared. Student (n = 413) perceptions of engagement were measured with the Engaged Learning Index (ELI) and the Social Context and Learning Environments (SCALE) instruments at the beginning and end of a semester in a large, multi-disciplinary department. Faculty (n = 14) rated perception of engagement using only the SCALE instrument. Perceptions of engagement from faculty and students using SCALE were significantly more positive for both ALCs compared to perceptions of traditional classrooms. There was no clear evidence of differences in student and faculty perceptions of engagement between the two ALC designs. No or small differences between the two ALC designs means departments might consider cost, maintenance, and other pragmatic factors in ALC design.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • An examination of flexible seating in the higher education classroom from
           a physical and kinesthetic perspective

    • Authors: Colin Pennington, Rebecca Putman, Beck Munsey
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • Social Media Representations of Makerspaces

    • Authors: Laura March, Emily Arnsberg, Marijel (Maggie) Melo
      Abstract: Libraries across the world have increasingly established makerspaces and incorporated making-related activities into their programming. Yet little is known about how this proliferation translates digitally. In response, this study uncovers how libraries construct virtual representations of makers and makerspaces through their social media content and the evolution of content across time. This research analyzed 36,756 social media posts created between 2012-2021 and identifies statistically significant changes in quantitative metrics, uncovers the themes present in posts, and describes the identities and topics featured. Revealing these digital representations of makers and making is important because this content can replicate oppressive structures by influencing who uses these spaces and what is created.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
  • Assessing the Use of Spaces Renovated to Support Group Work in an Academic

    • Authors: Kimberly A. Rollings, Jessica Kayongo
      Abstract: This study examined whether three renovated academic library spaces encouraged group work as intended. Hourly observations and a questionnaire documented group work use, space preferences, and suggested improvements. Compared to the three renovated spaces, significantly more group work occurred in an unrenovated space that was more open, spacious, and visible. Questionnaire results indicated that noise levels, available space and furniture, lighting quality, location, and operating hours also influenced group work space preferences. Suggested improvements included designated quiet and talkative areas, reservable space, and additional tables. Findings offer insights to inform future library group work space research, design, and evaluation.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      Issue No: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)
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