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Evaluation of informal learning spaces

ByGraham Walton, Graham Matthews

The chapter deals with voicing the concerns those informal learning space evaluations were not concentrating adequately on the impact on users' learning experiences. The trend for evaluation of informal learning spaces becoming an integral activity to both the planning and continuing development of informal learning spaces has been identified. The concept of what success in an informal learning space will look like has also been considered. A cross functional approach is needed to determine what success looks like. This involves determining how success will be measured that relates to the activities and behaviours of students and how they communicate and collaborate. Evaluation should assess the activities and behaviours of students that can be measured in terms of success as well as how they communicate and collaborate within the informal learning space. It is also advised to use a range of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods and also involve a wide range of stakeholders including learners.