chapter  14
16 Pages

Designing Hubs for Connected Learning

Social, Spatial, and Technological Insights from Coworking Spaces, Hackerspaces, and Meetup Groups
WithMark Bilandzic, Marcus Foth

The connected learning research agenda focuses on mechanisms to intertwine and cross-fertilize learning made across the domains of personal interest and passion, peer culture, as well as academic and career life. This chapter contributes to the connected learning research agenda by investigating three types of organically grown communities of practice where people meet in order to work together and share connected learning experiences. It presents socio-spatial insights from meetup groups, hackerspaces, and coworking spaces. The chapter explores and discusses a number of organically established patterns and best practices found in meetup groups, hackerspaces, and coworking spaces that not only contribute to accommodate spatial arrangements, but also to shape, nourish, and maintain a supportive community. These facilitations embrace spatial, social, and technological interventions, and are relevant considerations for designers, managers, and decision makers who have an interest in nourishing a place-based knowledge community.