Since 2005, the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL, www.scil.nsw.edu.au), a research, development and innovation unit located within Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS), Sydney, Australia, has been steering the process of accelerated pedagogic change within and beyond the school.
Multiple programs have been developed, including the provision of fully accredited online distance courses for senior years students; accredited professional development for teachers; the creation of virtual learning environments in Second Life and Open Sim; virtual space supporting real life; the design and construction of an educational precinct that supports mobile and collaborative learning – using ‘campfire’, ‘watering hole’ and ‘cave’ spaces for multimedia-enhanced, multimodal learning.
The paper will assess the role that purpose-designed learning spaces, radical furnishings, on-going professional development, virtual learning space, strategic vision and mission, collaborative learning and pervasive mobile technologies have in effectively facilitating a shift in pedagogy.
A particular focus will be on the role of educational leadership within an institution and how management strategies, structures and frameworks can add focus, speed and clarity to the process of educational change.
|Keywords:||21st Century Learning Spaces, Strategic Vision, Research and Innovation, Educational Management|
Executive Director, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning, Northern Beaches Christian School, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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