In this update: 

  • Dates for your diary: our next SIG online event of 2022 
  • Announcement – our new NZARE LE SIG YouTube Channel
  • Published – PDSE Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education
  • A link to a video from our recent event Conversations about the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education is now available.  

Dates for your diary

We are looking forward to our next SIG meeting on Wednesday 27 April at 6:00 pm. At this meeting Dr James Lamb, from the University of Edinburgh, will be talking about how we can use sound to investigate and create learning spaces. Details about the event and a Zoom link will be shared closer to the time! 

You can read about James interesting background and expertise here

 Check our new NZARE LE SIG YouTube Channel!

We have created a NZARE LE SIG YouTube Channel to host and share videos of presentations from SIG events. Currently the channel is hosting videos from our 2019 Symposium, with presentations by Chris Bradbeer, Jamie Strange, Leon Benade and Noeline Wright. We have also uploaded the 2021 online event with Pippa Yeoman. If you missed any of these events or would like to revisit the presentation, please check the channel!

 Link to the NZARE LE SIG YouTube Channel is here

 PDSE Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education 

The complex and shifting relationship between space, learning and technology was the subject of a recent Special Issue of Postdigital Science Education, guest edited by James Lamb, Michael Gallagher and Jeremy Knox from the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, working with Lucila Carvalho from the Equity Through Education Research Centre at Massey University and co-convenor of the Learning Environments NZARE SIG. This Special Issue was published in January 2022.

 Link to the Special Issue is here

 Recording of Postdigital Learning Spaces of Higher Education – a special online conversation

 Building on the experiences and ideas captured across the Special Issue mentioned above, an online conversation between several of its authors was held online on the 24th February. There was an outstanding panel comprising Jos Boys (University College London), Magda Pischetola (IT University of Copenhagen), Peter Goodyear (The University of Sydney), Lesley Gourlay (University College London) and Stephanie Wilson (The University of Sydney), who discussed topics such as the emergence of hybrid learning, how digital resources destabilise campus boundaries, and how we might configure space, technology and pedagogy to build the kind of university we desire. This online event was hosted by the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh.  

 A recorded video of this conversation can be found here

 Please remember to join/renew your NZARE membership to be part of our SIG mailing list and events. And please feel free to invite others, who may be interested in this topic area, to join our SIG. 

 And finally,  if you have any announcements or events that could be of interest for, and you would like to share with, our community, please let us know. 

Ngā mihi, 

 Lucila & Jenny

October 2021 Learning Environments SIG update

In this update: 

  • Dates for your diary: NZARE conference and SIG meeting 2021 (both online)
  • NZJES Special Issue on Learning Environments Research Innovations: Policy, Practice, Philosophies, co-edited by Suzanne Trask & Elaine Khoo – now published
  • Upcoming PDSE Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education, co-edited by James Lamb, Michael Gallagher, Jeremy Knox & Lucila Carvalho
  • Upcoming new edited collection – Pedagogy and Partnerships in Innovative Learning Environments, co-edited by Noeline Wright and Elaine Khoo 

NZARE Conference will be happening online from 15-17 November. We have had interesting submissions on the Learning Environments theme and we are looking forward to those presentations! 

We are also looking forward to a SIG meeting on Friday 19 November at 4:00 pm. This this meeting will be an opportunity to connect and share research ideas about Learning Environments. Come along and bring your favourite Friday drink to a collegial discussion and very brief AGM. We will circulate a Zoom link closer to the time. (If you are not on our SIG mailing list please be in touch with the co-convenors). 

There are also three publications we would like to highlight.

1. The Special Issue on Learning Environments Research Innovations: Policy, Practice, Philosophies, co-edited by Suzanne Trask & Elaine Khoo is now published in the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Access to the articles in the link:

 2. Keep an eye for the upcoming Special Issue on the Postdigital Spaces of Higher Education. This Special Issue will be published in early 2022 but some online first articles have been released. This collection is being co-edited by James Lamb, Michael Gallagher, Jeremy Knox & Lucila Carvalho and will be published in the Postdigital Science & Education Journal. See link below:

 3. Finally, a new upcoming edited book on learning environments research and practice focused specifically on NZ case studies will be coming out end of November. The book is titled Pedagogy and Partnerships in Innovative Learning Environments, co-edited by Noeline Wright and Elaine Khoo, and will be published by Springer. The book includes:

  • case studies that showcase how teachers and students make sense of a range of innovative learning environments
  • experiences of teachers and students undergoing changes in schools
  • indigenous Aotearoa New Zealand cultural and theoretical perspectives on culturally respectful ways of effective working

To check this upcoming publication go to:

 Ngā mihi, 

Lucila, Jenny & Suzanne

LE SIG update

In this update:

  • Introducing 2021 SIG co-convenors Lucila Carvalho, Jenny Green, and Suzanne Trask
  • Dates for your diary: SIG activities for 2021 – meeting day pre-NZARE conference in Wellington
  • NZJES Special Issue on Learning Environments
  • Thank you to Elaine Khoo for her work in the SIG

The new Learning Environments co-convenors for 2021/ 2022 are Lucila Carvalho and Jenny Green from Massey University. Lucila and Jenny are very excited to come on board and continue the work of the SIG. Suzanne Trask will be staying on for 2021 to support Lucila and Jenny. See below for more information and contact details.

A Learning Environments meeting day is planned pre- the NZARE conference later this year in Wellington. We will have guest speakers and space for discussions and collaborative research planning. Note this day in your diaries and let others who may be interested know. More details to follow.

We are excited to report that the Special Issue on Learning Environments will be published in the very near future. Articles are online now. The Special Issue is a collaboration between the New Zealand Journal of Education Studies and the Learning Environments SIG, featuring nine articles by New Zealand and Australian researchers, guest edited by Elaine Khoo and Suzanne Trask.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Elaine Khoo for her work in the SIG. Elaine’s commitment and dedication over the past two years has enabled us to deliver a very successful Symposium in 2019, a webinar in 2020 and the soon-to-be published Special Issue on Learning Environments in collaboration with the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.

Ngā mihi nui

Suzanne Trask, Lucila Carvalho & Jenny Green



Lucila Carvalho

Lucila is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, Massey University. She coordinates the BA (Education) and teaches courses related to digital education in the master and bachelor programmes. Lucila’s research focuses in the areas of design for learning and new media & technology, where she explores relationships between knowledge, physical and digital resources, spaces, and people, looking at how multiple elements come together to influence learning activity. Lucila co-edited the books The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (with Peter Goodyear, Routledge 2014) and Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning (with Peter Goodyear and Maarten de Laat, Routledge 2017).


Jenny Green

Jenny is a senior lecturer within the School of Nursing, Massey University. She teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her philosophy of student-centred learning is underpinned by andragogical [adult, self-directed learning] and heutagogical [autonomous, self-determined learning] principles which enable Jenny to build on learners’ prior knowledge, identify areas of new knowledge and fluency within digital learning spaces to support them in taking responsibility for what, when and how they learn. Jenny’s expertise centres on leading, planning, developing, facilitating and managing experiential learning for students, in combination with mentoring colleagues to enhance their teaching in technology-rich environments. Jenny’s research focuses on understanding what contributes to productive, hybrid learning environments.  


Suzanne Trask

Suzanne is a research fellow at the Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland.  She is part of a dedicated research team that focusses on the adolescent window as a key life stage for education towards improving lifelong health. In this role she leads and supports research projects involving health literacy, knowledge translation and science communication. Suzanne also develops curricula and facilitates teacher PLD programmes supporting school-based learning in New Zealand and the Pacific. Her other research interests include assessment of learning, learning environments and science education.


Upcoming SIG events and activities

SIG Activity in progress - Special issue NZJES on Learning Environments, in progress. We received 18 articles submitted for peer review currently in various stages of the review process. Many thanks to Leon Benade as Editor and to all reviewers and contributors for supporting this initiative. We look forward to the publication of the special issue. 

Learning Environments Webinar 2020

14 October 2020

We had two sets of fantastic speakers: 

Māku anō e hanga tōku nei whare
Leeana Herewini (University of Waikato) and Ngārewa Hāwera

The potential of ILEs for Māori student success
Emily Nelson (Eastern Institute of Technology) and Maurice Rehu (Irongate School Principal)

Watch a recording of the Learning Environments Webinar.

Learning Environments 2019 Symposium

11 October 2019

Symposium theme: “Learning Environments: Policy, practice, philosophies.”

We are grateful to our invited keynote speakers: 

Looking forward: 21st century innovative learning environments Jamie Strange, Labour List MP (Hamilton)

Together in the space-between: Teacher collaboration and innovative learning environments in New Zealand primary schools Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School

Why is it important to think about space theoretically and philosophically? Dr Leon W Benade, AUT

Transit lounges or VIP club rooms?: Spaces and places for learning  Dr Noeline Wright, University of Waikato

Watch the recorded presentations and access notes from post-presentation round table discussion sessions.



Invited keynote speaker - Jamie Strange, Labour MP (Hamilton)


Q&A with MP Jamie Strange



Invited keynote speaker - Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School


Invited keynote speaker - Dr Leon Benade


Invited keynote speaker - Dr Noeline Wright