by Kenn Fisher
This report was produced by the research team awarded the M. Perry Chapman Prize for 2015–2016.
What will be the impact of rapidly developing online learning modalities on the campus face-to-face experience over the next decade? What might campus planners need to look out for over the next 10 years as they strive to align their institution’s virtual and physical infrastructure with its mission?
This study reviews the scholarly literature and the expert views of practitioners in campus planning (both virtual and physical) to forecast how campuses might evolve between now and 2030. It views the university as a “complex adaptive assemblage” made up of many component parts working not within a systematic framework but as separate assemblages coexisting on campus affected by uncontrollable outside forces. These separate assemblages and their interrelationships can be better understood in a campus context by using experts in the fields of learning sciences, teacher professional development, educational technologies, learning environment/campus design, and others to form a cohesive idea of how the separate parts might come together to inform the future of higher education.
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Dr. Kenn Fisher
Associate Professor in Learning Environments,
University of Melbourne
Director of Education, Habitus Placemaking
Kenn is a founding member of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network, a research centre funded by three Faculties – Architecture, Building and Planning, Education and Medicine and Dentistry with a range of industry partners. This research centre has been responsible for some $5m in research funding in the past 8 years. Kenn is also Director of Education for the consulting firm Habitus Placemaking. He has consulted on university planning in Australia/NZ, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.