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New Technologies and New Spaces: Grangegorman and Brightspace as Innovative Educational Environments


This project focused on the new learning spaces and technologies afforded by the TU Dublin migration to the Grangegorman Campus. In particular, the fundamental changes driven by the new physical spaces and educational technologies for TU Dublin staff and students moving forward into 2020 and beyond. A competitive tender process from several vendors resulted in the selection of ‘Brightspace’ as TU Dublin City Campus’s new dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE). In response to this, our newly chosen VLE – Brightspace – will be at the forefront of these fundamental changes. It is absolutely crucial in this initial experimentation phase to explore the innovation opportunities afforded by a purposefully designed campus and how Brightspace can be fully integrated by educators into a collaborative learning experience. The prospect of working in an entirely novel teaching/learning environment provides both opportunities and challenges for current and future staff. The TUDublin Grangegorman ‘Migration Programme’ outlines the core implications of these changes: (1) enable pedagogical opportunities to maximise teaching methods within the new spaces and (2) change management and staff development to contribute towards an overall enhanced learning experience. In this context, the connection between learning spaces, learning technologies, and the new VLE, will be a dominant theme behind the transition to the Grangegorman campus.