2017 Post Boom Workshop: Experimenting with big ideas

Published: Thursday 6 July 2017

The “Post Boom” Workshop, held on 12 May 2017 by the WA Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia at The Goods Shed art gallery in Claremont, was a follow up hands-on session which further explored themes arising from the “Post Boom” Symposium held on 6 May 2016.

This workshop began with an introductory presentation by Stella Jinman, Principal of Cecil Andrews College, and was facilitated throughout the afternoon by Lara Mackintosh.

The symposium-workshop model has become a central part of Learning Environments WA’s activities. This model provides a vehicle for Learning Environments WA members to undertake more focused research into the theme of each symposium-workshop cycle. This is an opportunity for research that can inform the design and education community, as well as an alternative avenue for members to extend their professional development.

The workshop was an intensive afternoon of experimentation with 33 attendees developing a “Learning Experience” for secondary school students. Six groups each composed of students from Cecil Andrews College, educators and designers developed their ideas which were communicated visually via a live feed to Instagram throughout the session.

It was a very successful afternoon; there was a definite buzz in the room and it gathered momentum as the day wore on culminating with presentations of each groups “Learning Experience”. These ranged from considering the future impact of driverless cars to development of a 3D printed sustainable house.

Big ideas were explored and all had great potential to reconsider the delivery of the curriculum for 21st Century learners.

Stay tuned for the upcoming digital publication which will capture both the Post Boom symposium and workshop processes and the ideas arising.

Eamon Broderick – Broderick Architects