2014 CEFPI Annual Conference and Expo

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Terry White of Nova Co-Design will join Professor Stephen Heppell, Professor of New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth to lead a session conference ‘Portland to Portland’ expanding on our design work at iPACA Portland Academy UK at the CEFPI Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, US.

Co-presenters will include Gary Overton, AHR , Architect; Gary  Spracklen, IPACA , Director of Digital Learning and Innovation. The presentation team at Portland are all members of UK Learning and Terry is an Executive Director of UK Learning

The Super Seminar session will be introduced through a  special video link with Professor Stephen Heppell. Stephen will draw on his international experience to explain why the vision and approach to learning that is being developed at IPACA ( where Stephen is Patron ) is critical for successful  learning for students, teachers and local learning communities irrespective of global location.Stephen will identify the need for morecollaborative working and team working for both students and staff and demonstrate the value and gains of“real” and empowered student engagement in the design and use of learning spaces. Stephen will show howtechnology is a key enabler for learning and its use and design implications for the organization of individuals and group work activity.The Primary Objective of this “Portland to Portland” workshop, which all of the contributing design team share ( see below)  will be to demonstrate the importance of a strong vision and pedagogy driving the design and organization of learning. There will be a strong focus on the importance of an integrated design team working with and on behalf of the learners teachers and educational clients and stakeholders. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (“IPACA“) is co-sponsored by the Aldridge Foundation and Dorset County Council and has Professor Stephen Heppell as it’s patron.

Background on IPACA.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) is an all-through Community Academy for children aged 3 to 19 on the South Coast of England in Dorset.

It is an ambitious and exciting  Academy with a distinctive educational vision.

  • It has a “stage not age approach” where all learners move on when ready to succeed.
  • It has at its heart a “schools within schools” model based on its House/Home base organisation.
  • Students become better known and supported in their family focused House groups throughout their time at IPACA supporting their personal and social needs as well learning  together as a  house group  in their foundation programmes of study.
  • The learning environment is technology rich with an agnostic approach to devices.
  • Just like it’s approach to furniture, the Academy’s use of technology is flexible, agile and is there to support the needs of the learner.

Super Seminar Delivery Approach (2 workshops within one)

Stephen will introduce the workshop by direct video link. Stephen will set the scene and demonstrate the strength of the IPACA  approach. Stephen will also identify why making a reality of such a vision that is shared by many still does not translate itself into a transformational sustainable experience within  the culture and design of many schools. The educational drivers that were established and then developed through dialogue to influence the design of the campus and the creation of innovative learning spaces will be described. The session will focus on how an integrated design team was established that promoted the development of a responsive not reactive design approach. This created design dialogue with a much wider range of design professionals that was critical for the design and delivery of this progressive vision. This input will be followed by a practical workshop activity with all delegates identifying the skills and competencies needed by all professionals for the delivery and sustainability of such a powerful vision through an integrated design team approach. The session will go on to explore the importance of staff and students working in different ways to exploit the potential of the new learning spaces. This is the underdeveloped area of learning and teaching pedagogy which is often ignored and can result in regression through a  lack of understanding and confidence in working with students in new spaces. Transition strategies will also be explored. We will share strategies that help staff develop new skills with students to have effective transition into new environments. Practical exercises will be used to illustrate this in the workshop .This will look at approaches with students and teachers in the spaces and the way technologies and team working is being applied.

A  second workshop activity will look at developing new lead learning behaviors through collaboration and the use of technology to lead and manage learning in these new environments. We intend to further develop the  title theme of connecting continents exploring frontiers by sharing inputs from Oregon teachers  and other Portland Leaning Communities who are part of Cefpi.

We believe this workshop will appeal to a wide range of delegates and place practical examples of   innovation around learning at the heart of what we are creating day by day at Portland UK, Portland, Oregon and internationally. The session is intended to be interactive throughout share and building on the contributions of all delegates

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