Australia: Autens and Lutheran Education Join Forces

In the ever-evolving world of education, keeping up with the times is crucial to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. Traditional classrooms no longer cut it when it comes to engaging and inspiring learners. That’s where the Autens Learning Space Design Lab comes in, now teaming up with Lutheran Education Australia to bring innovation to the forefront of education.

Autens Learning Space Design Lab: Innovators Extraordinaire

The Autens Learning Space Design Lab, hailing from Denmark, has gained international acclaim for its groundbreaking work in crafting modern, dynamic, and functional learning environments. Their mission is simple yet profound: create spaces that nurture creativity, collaboration, and active learning.

Lutheran Education Australia, renowned for its commitment to educational excellence, recognizes the imperative need for innovation in the learning environment. Enter Derek Bartels, the driving force behind innovation in Lutheran Schools. Queensland Lutheran Schools are trailblazing contemporary and innovative practices in pedagogy, physical learning spaces, and technology. 

Derek recently teamed up with Autens Pasifika, embarking on a journey to reimagine education spaces and methods. This partnership aims to infuse Autens’ expertise into Lutheran schools in Australia, ensuring that students receive a world-class education experience in line with the values and ethos of Lutheran education. 

Also enter Bronwyn Edmunds, former deputy principal of Freemans Bay School, currently Director of Learning and Innovation at Good News Lutheran School, Middle Park. Bronwyn, in collaboration with myself and Derek, facilitates Autens workshops in Australia.

Within the Autens and Lutheran Education Australia collaboration, Autens Pasifika workshops hold a special place. Building upon their work in New Zealand, these workshops are custom-tailored to meet the unique needs and aspirations of Australian learners while respecting the core principles of Lutheran Schools.

The Impact of Autens’ Learning Space Design

Autens’ innovative designs have left a significant mark on education in both New Zealand and Australia. Here are the key highlights:

  1. Enhanced Student Engagement: Autens’ designs have demonstrated a remarkable increase in student engagement. The dynamic and visually stimulating environments crafted through Autens Learning Space Design workshops motivate teaching teams to reimagine their teaching programs, boosting student engagement in the process.
  2. Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Autens’ learning spaces are designed to foster creativity and innovation. By breaking away from traditional classroom setups, students are encouraged to explore new ideas and concepts, equipping them with essential skills for the future.
  3. Improved Academic Outcomes: Research consistently indicates that well-designed learning spaces positively impact academic performance. Autens’ workshops are grounded in evidence-based practices, ensuring that all students have the best opportunities for success.
  4. Empowering Educators: Recognizing that teachers are at the heart of education, Autens’ designs prioritise creating comfortable and efficient working environments for educators. This leads to increased job satisfaction and improved teaching outcomes.
  5. Preparing Students for the Future: Autens’ approach aligns perfectly with the skills and competencies needed in the 21st century. Their designs prepare students to adapt to an ever-changing world and equip them with the tools for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and global citizenship.

In a rapidly evolving educational landscape, embracing innovative approaches to learning is paramount. The collaboration between Autens Learning Space Design Lab and Lutheran Education Australia is at the forefront of this revolution. Through tailored workshops and other initiatives, we are empowering students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and responsible global citizens.

This recent partnership signifies a powerful synergy between Danish innovation and educational excellence, poised to leave a lasting impact on the educational landscape in both Australia and New Zealand. To delve deeper into the recent workshops conducted in Lutheran Education settings, click here to learn more about this exciting educational transformation.

To find out more about these workshops contact Sandra Jenkins MNZM at or check out our website

Bronwyn Edmunds and Derek Bartels co-presenting at St Johns Lutheran School, Jindera


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