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Newsletter 1: July 2016

Thank you for expressing interest in our project and welcome to the first edition of the ILETC project newsletter. We aim to circulate this newsletter every couple of months to update you on project activities. You can also keep up to date with announcements on Twitter and our website.
What is the ILETC Project?

The Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project, known as ILETC, is a four year Australian Research Council Linkage Project, led by the University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN).

It is a partnership between education departments in New Zealand, Queensland, the ACT and New South Wales, the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, key ‘industry’ partners Steelcase, Telstra, Saint-Gobain Ecophon, Marshall Day, Hayball and the Association for Learning Environments Australasia, as well as 3 leading research focussed schools, Woodleigh School, Anglican Church Grammar School and the Australian Science and Mathematics School.

The project will explore how space enhances teaching practices by collecting a range of data from principals and teachers.  This data will be used to design, test and implement practical tools and strategies to assist teachers in maximising learning in both physical and virtual environments.
Project investigators (L to R) Prof. Tom Kvan, A/Prof. Wesley Imms, A/Prof. Clare Newton, A/Prof. Kenn Fisher, Dr Ben Cleveland & Prof. John Hattie (also Prof. David Clarke, absent)
Official launch and videos

The project was officially launched on 2 June 2016 at The University of Melbourne with a meeting of the project team and partner organisations.

The event featured a stimulating panel discussion by leading education researchers – John Hattie, Julia Atkin and Richard Elmore on the key challenges facing education and the broader context for this project. 

Videos of the presentation and discussion are now
How can I get involved?

You can get involved in the project by attending events, participating in data collection and sharing information with the growing ILETC Network.

We plan to hold regional teacher workshops, an annual symposium for graduate researchers (Transitions on 3 June 2017 at The University of Melbourne) and events hosted by our project partners.

The ILETC Network will consist of individuals with a professional or research interest in ILEs. Members will receive our newsletter, connect with the project team and others interested in learning environments at project events and share in the project discoveries.

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Project Partners
Our partners will play a key role in the project through providing their expertise and insights, as well as supporting data collection within their organisations.

We will be developing a repository of research, programs and case studies to share their contribution to learning environments research, which will be accessible through our website.
Progress to Date

Although the project was officially launched on 2 June 2016, the project has been active since 2015 with Wes Imms building the foundations of the project team and partners.

Recent developments....

The project team is now fully staffed with the recruitment of Dr Marian Mahat, Terry Byers and Chris Bradbeer in recent weeks.  This team of researchers will drive the program of research activities, data analysis, publications and resource development.  They join Joann Cattlin, the project manager, who will be responsible for managing all aspects of administration, stakeholder engagement and information management. 

The first phase of data collection will commence in the coming months.  It will involve an online survey of principals in government schools across New Zealand and in Australia in NSW, QLD and ACT and schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. 

The project already has 3 active PhD student researchers, with a further 2 currently pursing applications to the University.  The PhD students will each pursue their own individual research projects that will address a core component of the project.  A number of other Phd students pursuing studies in topics related to learning environments will also work with the project and will be involved in symposia, workshops and events.
Copyright © 2016.  
This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme (project LP150100022). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Research Council.

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ILETC Project,
LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne Parkville VIC 3010.

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