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What makes an informal learning space?: a case study from Sheffi eld Hallam University

WithBEA TURPIN, DEBORAH HARROP, EDWARD OYSTON

This case study will explore what makes an informal learning space. To do this we will consider the evidence-based practice at Sheffi eld Hallam University and the 5-year redevelopment project which transformed learning centre spaces. Redevelopment projects are expensive, long-term investments, and you need to maximise the chance of meeting current and future student needs and expectations. The research underpinning this case study explored learner preferences within informal learning spaces. In the course of this chapter we will focus on the following aspects: (1) the development of a robust research methodology and the creation of a typology of learning space preference attributes; and (2) the translation and implementation of research outcomes into practical design solutions which support the preferences of learners and enhance the user experience.