chapter  10
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Student perspectives

ByAmy Ward

This chapter focuses on the student perspectives of information learning spaces. Students not only expect to have more out of their university experience, but to have more in terms of the quality of their university experience, especially in terms of learning and teaching including formal teaching, facilities, and informal learning spaces. Technology is a crucial part of a student's learning experience and needs to be taken into consideration now more than ever. McLaughlin and Faulkner note that in ad hoc, informal learning spaces students placed huge emphasis on the technology available throughout the university within these spaces and that 'students favoured collaborative, social spaces for learning and technology exchange'. There are concrete factors that lead to need for informal learning spaces and what is required of informal learning spaces. These include formal teaching and associated assessments which affect what students require of informal learning spaces such as robust and easy access to technology and its applications via range of devices.