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