FLEXspace Included in New UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit

UK-LearningSpaces-ToolkitAnnouncing the publication of the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration www.ucisa.ac.uk/learningspace.

Co-authored by one of our FLEXspace Core Members, Simon Birkett, the UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit provides guidance for Audiovisual, IT and Estates teams, and demonstrates why the provision of excellent learning spaces should be a strategic, institution-wide concern.


The authors note:

"Two excellent international resources inspired the creation of the Toolkit. The first, the audio visual design guidelines from the Association for Audio Visual and Education Technology Management (AETM), Australia, contain a wealth of well researched material on integrating AV systems into learning spaces3 . The second, FLEXspace (the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange), is an open access repository populated with examples of learning space images and related information from institutions worldwide.

Constructed from interviews from eleven experienced professionals, the Toolkit explores pedagogical principles and their place in learning space design, and gives an honest insight in to the realities of cross-professional working in universities and colleges.

The Toolkit includes advice on: managing a learning space project, working with professional advisors, considerations for particular types of learning space, using learning technologies, the evaluation of learning spaces and changing working practices.

The Toolkit was authored by Dr Gill Ferrell, with guidance from Caroline Pepper, Learning and Teaching Space Manager, Loughborough University and Simon Birkett, IT and Learning Manager, University of Staffordshire (for SCHOMS);  Eleanor Magennis, Head of Space Planning, University of Glasgow (for AUDE); and Anna Mathews, Head of Policy and Projects (for UCISA).  We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from colleagues across the sector in the drafting process – publishing the Toolkit truly has been a community effort.

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February User Stats – 800+ Institutions and Counting!

trending_upFLEXSPACE USER STATS – Feb 1, 2016

You can find all FLEXspace user stats under “About Us -> User Stats” where you’ll link to the google drive and find the latest numbers.



Total users: 1547

Total institutions (academic and non-academic): 805

  • Academic (college or university): 686
  • Independent Art/Architecture School: 4
  • Academic (K-12): 39
  • Consortia: 2
  • Special: 1
  • Other – not-for-profit or government: 8
  • Other – Commercial: 61


Academic institutions that are:

  • Very Large: 71
  • Large: 74
  • Medium: 159
  • Small: 86
  • Very Small: 64
  • Community Colleges: 87
  • JISC: 33
  • Special: 16
  • Consortia: 2
  • (Blank): 81


  • Private: 197
  • Public: 374
  • (Blank): 115


  1. United States: 615
  2. Armenia: 1
  3. Australia: 13
  4. Belgium: 2
  5. Canada: 33
  6. Colombia: 2
  7. Denmark: 2
  8. Estonia: 1
  9. Finland: 2
  10. France: 5
  11. Germany: 5
  12. India: 2
  13. Ireland: 3
  14. Jamaica: 1
  15. Malaysia: 1
  16. Mexico: 2
  17. Netherlands: 2
  18. New Zealand: 4
  19. Norway: 3
  20. Portugal: 1
  21. Puerto Rico: 2
  22. Singapore: 1
  23. South Africa: 3
  24. Spain: 2
  25. Sweden: 7
  26. Switzerland: 1
  27. United Arab Emirates: 2
  28. United Kingdom: 34
    (Blanks: 51)

This week, learn about the LSRS and FLEXspace at ELI 2016!

ELIHear from Jim Twetten and others at their ELI session, titled:
Feb 3rd, 2016
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Central Time

Content Anchor: Learning Space Designs
A growing number of institutions seek to measure the learning potential of formal and informal environments. The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) and the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (FLEXspace) have been evolving to assist with planning for renovation and new construction of learning spaces. These tools offer a path to maximize return on investment. Representatives from three institutions will report on the value gained from these tools as they have leveraged the LSRS and FLEXspace.
OUTCOMES: Explore the value of LSRS and FLEXspace on campus and share feedback on the utility of these tools * Engage in next steps for how these tools can be scaled and shared