Multisensory Space as an Innovative Open Learning Environment

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:15 AM - 12:45 PM [GMT]

Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, East Lothian, United Kingdom


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Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:15 AM - 12:45 PM [GMT]

About the Event






The aim of this workshop is to provide information and practical examples of innovative learning opportunities offered by the Multisensory Space method. 


The Multisensory Space is an easily adaptable environment that activates different senses not by copying reality, but by creating a suggestive environment to facilitate learning and interaction. The space is based on the socio-cultural approach which emphasizes social interaction between the learner, other actors and the environment.  As a method, it emphasizes the process of creating shared understanding and learning.


The Multisensory Space method has been developed at Laurea UAS since 2007. This method has been an integral part of several national level projects, and has also been adopted by various partner organizations both in Finland and abroad.  The Multisensory Space offers great opportunities for intercultural and open-ended learning and wellness promotion both with students and different client groups as well as with working life and other partners from different fields and disciplines.   


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Organisor: Jane Culpan (QMU)


Facilitators: Tiina Wikström, Laurea UAS 




Workshop leader Biography 


Tiina Wikström (Lic.Phil.) is a Senior Lecturer at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, and she is in charge of the Social Services program offered in English at Laurea Tikkurila campus. She has worked as a teacher for immigrants, high school students, companies and institutions, and she has done her research at University of Helsinki in different research groups focusing on cross-cultural communication. She is also a solution-oriented counsellor and supervisor and a relaxation coach. Her present research and professional interests include open learning environments, the Multisensory Space method, LbD (Learning by Developing), wellness at work, stress management, mindfulness and GNH of Bhutan, a concept of holistic happiness, recommended by the UN. 







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