What we do

 

Autens is an educational consultancy dedicated to inspire and develop visionary learning futures, education models, innovative learning spaces, and school buildings for the future – suited to learners’ multiple and natural ways of learning, working, living, and contributing in a global world.

Autens works with schools, local authorities, charities, architects and others to innovate and co-create third Millennium learning and learning spaces with the child or student at the centre. Autens is often commissioned to facilitate and lead innovation; to engage teaching staff, students, parents and local stakeholders; to inspire change; to head user-driven involvement; to develop visionary briefs of future learning; to design learning spaces; and to offer advice and run transformational projects often including rebuilding and new-building of schools.

Autens has worked with schools like Hellerup and Ordrup in Denmark, and facilitates user-driven innovation, workshops, seminars etc and provide leadership for innovative projects in cooperation with clients. A key message in most of the work is to include and empower learners and create future schools together… It’s fun, it’s meaningful – and it’s the right thing to do!

Autens strongly believes in the importance of school and learning space design. Learning Spaces are strong narratives that guide students and teachers in their daily work and help make effective and joyful learning happen. Schools and learning spaces should be a clear image of the learning vision which is at the core of any good school development project.

Learning Vision defines School Design

The concept of schools is at a very important crossroad worldwide. Traditional notions of teaching are being fundamentally challenged by research, by the needs of society and by requirements in relation to childrens successful life as adults in the future.
An gradual change – supplementing and developing schools as we know them with new teaching methods and nice make-overs – might ignore relevant considerations of the platform of schools altogether.  Schools all over the world seem increasingly out of ’sync’ with the potentials and needs of a global, creative knowledge economy – and out of ’sync’ with children and young people of today. We need to come up with new school formats for 21st century learners.
Exploring these strands are pivotal in transforming and building schools that are fit for purpose and strong in supporting a 21st century Learning Vision.


User Voice & Involvement for Change

The quality of a school is not just a question of getting the building and the learning environments right. It is just as much or even more about the people. Teachers are the ones taking learning forward – they are the true creators of future schools.
A new school building is a new technology for learning. The right attitude towards change and the right skills to ’operate’ this technology are crucial to the success of new schools. If we are looking to make a difference, we need to include and empower teachers and students in the transformational project.
Transforming schools effects peoples lives. We change working and learning life for teachers and learners. Most people feel more comfortable and able to contribute in a constructive manner when involved in change rather than feeling like the object of change.
We involve teachers, learners and parents to incorporate their thoughts and ideas in co-creating the new school. And we involve teachers, learners and parents to jointly ’remodel’ the collective mind-set about what school is so that they are able to embrace the new school with success.


Inspiring Learning Spaces for Personalised Learning

Why do classrooms have 25 simular desks for 25 different people? Why are schools a compilation of simular rooms? Why is the clock the most influential element as to what goes on?
Most rooms in most schools all over the world communicate a story from the past. A story about learning as we needed it to be in the 19th and 20th century. A story that does no longer apply. We need new solutions for an entirely different, global and interacting world.
We aim to create spaces that inspire learning and creativity. Spaces that support multiple learning styles and activities at the same time. Spaces that reflect recommandations from research in learning & brain neurology. And we aim to enable teachers and learners work and cooperate in new ways to benefit even more from varied, flexible and inspiring learning environments.