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Connecting with Country through Learning Environments

Architectus Associate, Michaela Coe will present on Connecting with Country, Learning with Country at the 20th annual Learning Environments Australasia Conference at Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia on Wednesday 8 June 2022.


The theme for Learning Environments Australia’s conference this year, Building Learning Ecosystems, fosters the idea that learning is most effective when it occurs within a healthy and balanced ecosystem. This 8 June, keynote speakers, masterclasses, workshops, and site tours will explore this idea through the sub-themes: Connect, Evolve, Disrupt.  

The last two years of isolation in Australia has reinforced the value of connection with the community – with schools’ direct contributors to these critical social frameworks. Australian schools have an opportunity to set the standard with these approaches, by engaging and involving elders to connect and inspire bespoke responses, relative to each learning environment and their community. 

Michaela Coe is an education architect who has developed a passion for the education sector early in her career whilst working on several innovative state significant developments for High Schools and Universities across Australia. An advocate for pedagogically responsive design; she approaches each project with the view of reinforcing connections between staff, students, and members of the local community. 

The workshop focus ‘Connecting with Country, Learning with Country’ explores the drivers behind some of the emerging learning spaces across Australia with the view of inspiring immediate opportunities for learning in 2022. 

Architectural and Indigenous precedents will be presented for discussion, with interactive engagement with delegates to define opportunities for pedagogic change in teaching through connection with the country. 

Read more about Michaela Coe here.

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