Learning Environments

– The Changing Face of New Zealand Education
Preparing, Challenging and Evaluating

One Day Symposium

Hosted by Auckland University of Technology School of Education
14 February 2017
North Shore Campus

More about the symposium
Key themes
Anchor speakers
Confirmed speakers and facilitators
Speaker and facilitator outlines
Where to go on the day

Presentations from the day

Creating opportunities for thinking differently about learning space, this One Day Symposium is supported by participants from a range of backgrounds, including teacher education, professional learning, design, education theory, creative arts and classroom practice.

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Come to engage and be part of the conversation about learning environments, innovative pedagogy, futures thinking and design.

Connect with:

  • Leading researchers and thinkers
  • Expert practitioners and professionals


  • New knowledge
  • Pedagogical practice
  • Critical thought and ideas


  • Practicing teachers and school leaders
  • Boards of Trustees members
  • Design professionals;
  • Academics and teacher educators
  • Library, gallery and museum educators

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How do we re-conceptualise the traditional space of learning inside/outside schools? What does it mean in practice to collaborate and work in teams with colleagues and multiple students in flexible spaces? What practices do these spaces enable? What is the influence of space and material/technological artefacts on practice? What is it to lead through change? What are the benefits of Private/Public Partnerships? What are the implications of redesigning existing facilities? Where are New Zealand schools ‘at’ right now? What is the state of play in the research area? How does Initial Teacher Education respond to the challenge?

The development of Innovative Learning Environments is a strategic investment by the Ministry of Education. Underpinning this policy is its motivation to provide high quality buildings to support teaching and learning for the 21st-century.

This policy has wide implications for school communities, teachers and initial teacher education providers.

This One Day Symposium offers an opportunity to present a wide range of knowledge resources with a particular focus on:

  • Current research on learning environments from evaluative and critical perspectives;
  • Design implications;
  • Pedagogical implications;
  • Leadership and change implications.

Key themes

  • Collaboration and sharing practice
  • Changing practice
  • Situated learning
  • Sustainable practices and sustainability of modern/innovative pedagogical practices
  • Spatiality and materiality

Anchor speakers

  • Associate Professor Wesley Imms, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Terry Byers, Director of Innovation in Learning, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane
  • Chris Bradbeer, Associate Principal, Stonefields School, Auckland.
  • Professor Jane Gilbert, School of Education, Auckland University of Technology

Confirmed speakers and facilitators

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  • Maurie Abrahams, Principal, Hobsonville Pt Secondary School
  • Daniel Birch, Principal, Hobsonville Pt Primary School
  • Graham McPhail, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
  • Mark Osborne, CORE Education/PhD candidate University of Melbourne
  • Jacque Allen, Cognition Consulting
  • John Sofo, Director, ASC Architects
  • Mark Jackson, Associate Prof of Design, AUT School of Art and Design
  • Alastair Wells, PhD candidate, AUT School of Education
  • Leon Benade, Senior Lecturer, AUT School of Education
  • Patsy Stringer, Jyoti Jhagroo, Adrian Schoone, Lecturers, AUT School of Education
  • Indira Neville and Elizabeth Jones, National Library of New Zealand
  • Hamish Boyd, Principal at Jasmax Architects
  • Richard Heraud, WMIER, University of Waikato
  • Andrew Gibbons, Associate Professor, AUT School of Education

Where to go on the day

Location: AUT North Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive (not far from the Esmonde Road off ramp)


  • Please park in Carpark 2 (Main Entrance, Akoranga Drive) or Carpark 7 (Alongside Entrance 2, before the Main Entrance, also on Akoranga Drive)
  • These are Pay n Display parks, and will cost around $7 for the day.
  • Please do not park in areas other than these, as traffic enforcement is in place.


  • Meet at AJ Block
  • It will be open from 7am so you can beat the traffic!
  • You will be able to have a coffee and get on with some work before the symposium opens at 8:45am.

View a map of the North Campus

Last updated: 16-May-2018 2.47pm

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