Call for abstracts to present a re:Activate Session (12th - 15th May 2020)
re:Activate generating a city of learning
Connecting I Developing I Designing

Tūngia te ururoa, kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke.
Clear away the old and redundant plants so the good may grow vigorously.

New Zealand is proud of its heritage and our unique identity, these two aspects are embodied in our learning spaces, who we are in relation to the land and the people who are the kaitiaki, the guardians of Christchurch. At the re:Activate generating a city of learning conference we know we will be able to showcase a vast array of learning environments from early childhood, primary and secondary schools to universities, as well as the urban fabric required to re:Activate a city.

This year’s conference themes provide a cohesive overview of the re:Activate approach as we gather together as an Australiasian Region, once again inviting people from all over the world to meet and deepen our shared understandings, possibly change mindsets, and grow as a community of people dedicated to making quality learning environments for all.

The re:Activate conference themes will drive the three key aims of Learning Environments Australasia:
- to advocate for quality learning environments,
- to promote and share the world's best practice among educators and designers, and
- to invest in the research and development of new concepts.

The re:Activate Sessions (presentations/workshops) are based around the three themes of Connecting, Developing and Designing. re:Activate generating a city of learning is Learning Environments Australiasia Regional Conference for 2020, will be hosted by Learning Environments Australasia in Christchurch, New Zealand. We are calling of abstracts for workshops or presentations - these will be known as 're:Activate Sessions'. Each session will be 60mins in length and be prechosen by delegates.

The call for abstracts is open from 1 November 2019 to 13 December 2019, successful submissions will be notified by the end of January 2020. All successful re:Activate presenters will need to be conference delegates at re:Activate, all-conference registration and associated costs (i.e. travel and accommodation) will be self-funded, unless arranged prior by the conference convener.

When submitting your abstract please be clear about which theme you feel your re:Activate Session (presentation/workshop) aligns to. You can enter your abstract into more than one theme, however, they will have to be submitted multiple times to achieve this. There are three themes: Connecting I Developing I Designing, see below for theme expectations:-

Hono | Connecting

To connect is about building relationships through shared experiences and working together to provide people with a sense of belonging in a learning space. We want presenters to share how they have created a sense of belonging in spaces where all who pass through or inhabit take ownership of the space and make it their own by adapting and co-constructing ways of working and playing, to learn and grow together in positive ways.

The Connecting re:Activate sessions will address one or more of the following for the delegates:

- Ways to design spaces to allow for more human social and emotional connections
- Explain deliberate acts of design or learning and teaching approaches to bring people together
- Provide discussions around explicit designing or teaching that calls on deeper understandings between the space and the learning expectations to promote a sense of wellness
- Show exemplars of designs that have connected the land and the people to provide learning spaces that not only meet the needs of all, but empower them in their daily lives.

Whakawhanake| Developing

This theme looks into designing or teaching that is innovative in its DNA and the impact is obvious. To develop or improve on something either existing or new can be simple or complex, however, we hope for positive outcomes for all concerned.
We want presenters to share and explain how developing or building on an idea in a collaborative way can bring to life learning spaces that are new in concept and new in how learning spaces are used or lead a workshop where you can facilitate participants through the collaborative development of approaches or spaces.

The Developing re:Activate sessions will address one or more of the following for the delegates:

- Create ways for delegates to co-construct innovative ideas that bring together many ideas to create something new
- Share innovations that create an impact for learners, teaching, leaders, and whanau (families), this could be learning, wellness or collaborating with a shared vision
- Show exemplars of designs that responded to and reflect cultural aspects of the people of the land and how this inclusion has created an impact that was unexpected
- Create ways for delegates to co-construct innovative ideas that bring together many ideas to create something new
- Identify what innovation in learning spaces might look like from a range of perspectives
- Discuss challenges that are faced by designers, leaders and teachers and ways to overcome these

Whakarārangi | Designing

To design for a specific learning setting while aligning to the special character or cultural needs of the people who will go on to work, live and grow in a learning space. We want presenters to show how they ensure that all concerned have a voice and the process of design involves empathy and heart, that the act of creating a space for the people who not only commision the learning space, but for the humans that will inhabit, adapt, modify and re-shape it as the years progress. Within the current context, discuss ways the mental and physical wellbeing has been addressed to enliven and bring joy to the user, promoting healthy inspiring and uplifting learning environments.

The Designing re:Activate sessions will address one or more of the following for the delegates:

- Provide exemplars of designs that align with the people of the land and how culture has been sensitively addressed and expressed
- Explain deliberate acts of consultation that have utilised voice from a range of sources to influence the process beyond basic researching
- Discuss ways of understanding cultural and heritage significance of buildings, going beyond art placement and how a designer can transfer what is abstract into a form that is responsive and appropriate
- Explore ways to address how design can make a positive contribution to people feeling safe, healthy and happy in their learning spaces

Please make sure you enter an email that is valid, if there is more than one presenter please nominate a lead person for us to contact and only use that email in the submission.

Thank you for your time in joining our fast-growing global community, we are looking forward to reading your submissions.
Nga mihi nui, Jacque Allen (Convener re:Activate generating a city of learning 2020).
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Email *
Your Name/s *
Your Organisation/s *
Which reactivate theme does your presentation/workshop align with *
Title of your re:Activate Session (Workshop/Presentation) *
Is this presentation/workshop being submitted for more than one theme? *
Abstract for your re:Activate Session (100-200 words) *
Your short biography (100 -200 words) *
Number of delegates that would be ideal for your re:Activate Session (please choose one). *
How does you re:Activate Session align to the theme you have chosen in this submission? *
What are you hoping the delegates will take away from your re:Activate Session. (Your desired outcomes) *
Who is your re:Activate Session aimed at? *
AV requirements and room setup requests. (Projector, wifi and speakers will be standard) *
Additional comments about your proposed re:Activate Session, that we should take into account.
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