Inbetween Spaces for Learning

A teaching and learning conversation with:

Andrew MiddletonAndrew Middleton

Sheffield Hallam University

Katherine JensenKathrine Jensen

University of Huddersfield

When: Thursday 26th November 12:30-13:30 (60 minutes)


To explore the value of in between spaces for learning and developing a sense of belonging

About this conversation:

In this active webinar we will think about the experience of the learner and the academic in higher education and invite you to consider what inbetween spaces are and how you or your students experience them. Together we will come up with examples of inbetween spaces and discuss their characteristics, benefits and importance to developing a sense of belonging.

We will consider the idea that “The richest space of all is the in between space”

By inbetween spaces we mean spaces that are outside pre-defined boundaries (and where there is the potential for people to step outside/transcend existing roles/identities).

A lecture room or an institutional virtual learning environment are examples of bounded spaces that are well established and where the roles and expected contribution of staff and students are built in. In contrast inbetween spaces are characterised by having less structure and less well defined roles and therefore potentially they are spaces where less formalised interactions and conversations can happen.  Inbetween spaces are thus characterised by boundary crossings. The value of inbetween space is found in the example of having a conversation over a cup of coffee in a cafe or the act of favouriting a tweet.

In-between Learning Spaces

In-between Learning Spaces

There are many ways of thinking about inbetween spaces and how they are valued. For example, spaces that are not work nor home and sit between notions of public and private spaces have been conceptualised in a number of sometimes overlapping ways: as ‘third space’, ‘third place’ or indeed ‘fourth place’ as well as ‘liminal’ spaces of transition and transformation. The webinar will not cover the extensive literature related to these concepts, however, anyone interested can take a look at the collection of links below.


A conversation about Third Space, Third Place, and Liminality by Catherine Cronin

Learning in 3rd Space – a slideshare presentation by Reijo Kupiainen, University Lecturer at University of Tampere. From March 2014

Third Space: Curated Bibliography by Mary Ann Reilly. The bibliography contains links to work by Homi Bhabha, Kris Gutiérrez, Edward Soja, Reijo Kupiainen, and more.

Enhancing teaching and learning through dialogue: a student and staff partnership model Jensen, K. and Bennett, L. (2015). The International Journal of Academic Development, 21 (1). (In Press).

Joining the conversation:

Simply follow this link and enter as a guest by typing your name, institution and country into the name field and clicking on the “Join Meeting” button.

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About Rod Cullen

I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Learning Innovation Team at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have gained considerable experience over almost 20 years in design, delivery and evaluation of online learning, teaching and assessment. I am particularly interested in assessment and feedback practice as well as the emerging role of web conferencing technologies to support blended and distance learning.

8 thoughts on “Inbetween Spaces for Learning

  1. Love the sound of this, Andrew and Kathrine. I have an existing commitment at 1pm on the 26th (drat!) but will tune in for the start of the session, at least. Moving beyond the stale binaries of open/closed, institutional/personal, formal/informal is a fruitful way of thinking about our, and our students’, learning practices and interactions. Looking forward to your session very much 🙂


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  3. Hi Catherine, great that you can join us (even if only for part of it). I think it will be really useful to have your ideas and input from your research. When Andrew and I discussed the webinar I described it as a continuation of our conversation(s) and hopefully this will spark even more ideas and connections. Look forward to seeing you there 🙂


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