As part of the project "NIILS - New Approaches for Inclusive Informal Learning Spaces", the conference is organized by the Department for Building and Environment of the University for Continuing Education Krems on June 20 and 21, 2024. The topic is the transformation of learning spaces and learning environments in the context of societal changes and technological trends. The main focus is on current findings on the role of informal learning spaces in higher education. Innovative and inclusive approaches for the future development of learning environments will be examined from the perspective of various disciplines and European regions.

The conference will start on June 20 at Campus Krems, with the morning program taking place in a hybrid format - including online. The keynote speech "Transformation of Learning Environments" will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Benjamin Cleveland, University of Melbourne (Australia). Subsequently, the conference topic will be discussed in detail by a number of experts. The afternoon will be dedicated to workshops and walkshops to explore in depth the diverse challenges and solutions related to the design, provision and use of inclusive, innovative and sustainable learning spaces and environments. Optional participation in an excursion on June 21 is possible.

About the NIILS project

The NIILS project aims to provide information on informal and non-conventional physical and hybrid learning spaces used by students from different social groups in different European countries and regions. Furthermore, recommendations and guidelines for learners, teachers, university administration and other stakeholders will be developed to reduce existing inequalities and promote inclusive informal learning environments that are beneficial to the learning and well-being of students in higher education.

In addition to the University for Continuing Education Krems, the consortium includes the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Mykolas Romeris University from Vilnius (Lithuania) and Akdeniz University from Antalya (Turkey).


"Transformation of Learning Environments: Innovative and Inclusive Approaches"
International conference

Date:               June 20-21, 2024
Time:              10:00 am

Location:        University for Continuing Education Krems

The conference language is English.

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