Shared and Agile Learning Space Design Toolkit

The Shared and Agile Learning Space Design Toolkit is a dynamic resource for learners and educators to collaborate on the co-design of educational spaces. It promotes innovative and sustainable learning that is accessible for all teachers and pupils.

The toolkit contains sets of symbols which aim to make the principles of learning space design accessible to a wide range of users. The symbols were developed in collaboration with teachers and pupils, educators and designers to promote exploring and testing learning spaces. The toolkit consists of three sets of symbols – Learning Typologies, Learning Design Values, and Learning Design Factors.

A snapshot of the toolkit, which is still under development, is available here.


Studies in Shared Learning Spaces (collaboration with ADS Scotland)

The following resource was developed by the SLS Team and Architecture and Design Scotland. It outlines their Test of Change model, which is based on a four-step action enquiry model – Plan, Do, Study, Act. The resource highlights six case studies of the process in action in Primary and Secondary schools in Scotland.

Access the resource here.


Learning Space Design Activities for Pupils and Students

The following resources, developed by the SLS Team, have been used by Secondary Schools, College students and University students to explore learning space design and the impact of space on learning. It sets out a series of activities that can be completed over two or more workshops, with the aim of young people acting as ‘Responsible Activists’ and pioneers through the creation of their own designs of learning spaces. A summary of the activities is as follows:

  • Discuss the principles of learning space design, the role of young people in relation to the project, and what it means to be a ‘Responsible Activist.’
  • Create a ‘diamond 9,’ prioritising the elements of learning space design that are seen to be most important to the individual and groups.
  • View a bank of images showing a wide range of different learning spaces and discuss preferences and the reasons for this.
  • Reflect on what makes a good learning space, how space can impact on learning, and research own examples of learning spaces.
  • Discuss and select the ‘values’ that are most important to young people in their learning spaces, using the SLS Toolkit Values and their own school’s values as references.
  • Explore the Learning Space Typologies from the SLS Toolkit, what these different ‘types’ of learning look like in their current spaces, and how they might be integrated in their designs.
  • Begin to sketch out initial ideas and designs for a learning space.

Workshop 1 Resources

Workshop 2 Resources