08 - 10 March, 2016
Intercontinental Shanghai Puxi , Shanghai

Conference Day 1: 9 March 2016, Wednesday

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9:00 AM Opening remarks from the Chair

Greg Parry , Co-Founder and CEO, Global Services in Education

Greg Parry
Co-Founder and CEO
Global Services in Education

9:15 AM [KEYNOTE] The evolution of educational spaces: An architect educator’s perspective

Takaharu Tezuka , Professor, Tokyo City University

You know him as the brains behind “The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen,” but Professor Takaharu Tezuka’s architectural reach extends far beyond his TED talk. From wall-less private residences that connect living spaces with the outside environment, to a museum capable of supporting 4 meters of snow in order to create space for observation below, Professor Tezuka is renowned for blending natural surroundings into special designs. Among his award-winning work is the famous Fuji Kindergarten, where structure and material co-exist with the natural environment to create open-plan learning spaces that foster exploration, inquiry and a little room to tumble.

Join us as Professor Tezuka explores how spaces and design affect the people that interact with them, and where the evolution of educational spaces is heading in the years to come.
Takaharu Tezuka
Tokyo City University

10:00 AM An evidence-based approach to evaluating learning environments

Kenn Fisher , Associate Professor Learning Environments, University of Melbourne

Huge investments are being spent on learning spaces across the world with little evidence to support some of the decisions made regarding their effectiveness. We live in a world where much of what we do is configured around evidence-based practices, yet this model is in its infancy in education, particularly in learning environments.

Dr. Fisher will showcase some of the scholarly research work being carried out at institutions including the Learning Environments Applied Research Network at the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Effective Learning Environments at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It is this scholarly research that teases out what works and why, and what we should be building to ensure improved learning outcomes for both our teachers and students.

Join us in this introduction illustrating how such research can be put into practice by administrators, designers, teachers and others involved in educational planning and design.
Kenn Fisher
Associate Professor Learning Environments
University of Melbourne

10:45 AM Networking break

11:15 AM [报告] 智慧学习空间: 基于O2O 架构的设计思维 [REPORT] Technology in education: The design thinking behind Offline to Online (O2O) behaviours

祝智庭 Zhu Zhi-Ting , 教授 Professor, 华东师范大学 East China Normal University

Yanyan 妍妍 Sun 孙 , Chenhui Scholar 晨晖学者/博士, East China Normal University 华东师范大学

祝智庭 Zhu Zhi-Ting
教授 Professor
华东师范大学 East China Normal University
Yanyan 妍妍 Sun 孙
Chenhui Scholar 晨晖学者/博士
East China Normal University 华东师范大学

12:00 PM [报告]创客教育10 问10 不问

梁森山 Liang Senshan , 教育装备研究与发展中心信息化教育装备处副处长, 中国教育部 Ministry of Education of PRC

梁森山 Liang Senshan
中国教育部 Ministry of Education of PRC

12:45 PM Lunch

1:45 PM [CASE STUDY] The strategic adoption of inquiry-based pedagogy and spaces for better learning outcomes

Alan Runge , Head of School, Hong Kong International School

The Hong Kong International School has made a commitment to the adoption of inquiry-based pedagogy, teaching and learning methods, and in doing so has placed a large focus on tailoring spaces to educational needs and improved methods. Find out more about the strategic adoption and their Master Facilities Plan towards creating a campus for the 21st century.
Alan Runge
Head of School
Hong Kong International School


  • What are some observations of alternate learning formats and setups e.g. flipped learning, open classrooms, blended learning etc.?
  • How do you ensure quality of learning and education when learners are given the autonomy?
  • What are some resources and tools that can help/ can potentially help educators adopt alternate learning formats confidently and effectively?



Next generation working spaces

Dylan Meikle , Elementary School Counselor, Western Academy of Beijing

  • What are some non-academic challenges or obstacles faced by teachers when they make the effort to embrace next generation teaching and learning?
  • What are some training and development requirements?
  • What do modern day educators seek in schools as a working environment, and how can schools enable them to fulfill their purpose in education?
Dylan Meikle
Elementary School Counselor
Western Academy of Beijing

4:00 PM How flexible learning spaces change pedagogy and impact student learning

Tarek Razik , Head of School, International School of Beijing

  • How can next generation learning spaces help learners become more independent, motivated, and take charge of their own learning?
  • What are some opportunities and areas of potential in teaching and learning, enabled by new pedagogies, formats, methods and support?
  • How can educators leverage learner engagement to support individual learner interests?
Tarek Razik
Head of School
International School of Beijing

4:45 PM Transforming learning spaces to produce work-ready graduates

Chee Leong Lim , Associate Director, e-Learning Academy (eLA), Taylor’s University

Taylor’s University realizes that learning space plays an important role in producing work-ready graduates. By converting the traditional classroom into a technology-rich collaborative classroom that is purposefully designed, it will facilitate a diverse learning experience among the learners in a highly collaborative and engaging manner. With Project X-Space and Project e-Quarium, both formal and social learning spaces are converted into collaborative learning environment that applies interactive technologies with the communication infrastructure. These are the revamped future learning spaces at the university to allow students to learn collaboratively and socially.
Chee Leong Lim
Associate Director, e-Learning Academy (eLA)
Taylor’s University

5:30 PM Closing remarks from the Chair; End of main conference day 1

Greg Parry , Co-Founder and CEO, Global Services in Education

Greg Parry
Co-Founder and CEO
Global Services in Education