The Mayfield Project

Authentic Engagement For Learning Design

Mayfield Project 2023

The members of the 2023 Mayfield Project responded to the provocation, “How do we promote Social Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in learning environments?” In response, they developed a toolkit of resources to promote Authentic Engagement.

Click the button below to access the resources produced by the Mayfield Project 2023:

Check out the videos below to learn more about the Mayfield Project:
What is the Mayfield Project?
Mayfield Project Conference Sydney 2023

The Mayfield Project is Learning Environment Australasia’s inquiry-based collaboration program that brings together early career educators, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, planners, education administrators, consultants and policy makers.

  • Are you an early career professional who’s looking for a fun, challenging and exciting professional development  opportunity in learning environments?
  • Are you interested in issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) and wondering what we really need to support a JEDI approach to design?
  • Do you want to discover more about learning environments that generate positive outcomes for all – learners, teachers, leaders and whanau (families and community)?
  • Then the Mayfield Project may be for you.

Past participants have credited the Mayfield Project with their expansive growth in professional development and have gone on to develop successful careers designing, managing and working in learning environments. The aim of the program is for participants to expand their knowledge, meet like-minded people across Australia and New Zealand, work together towards an authentic shared goal, and have the opportunity to share their new-found knowledge.

After a disrupted few years, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to plan a dynamic face-to-face program for the first time since 2018. Because our Mayfielders come from all over Australasia, we will support the face-to-face component of the program with a number of online workshops. We want applicants to know what they’re signing up for, so the dates below set out the proposed 2023 program. We’ll do our best to stick to these dates, however, there may be some minor movement if we encounter some unexpected challenges (such as a global pandemic…):

  • Thursday 9 February 2023 @ 4.30pm AEDT (6.30pm NZDT/1.30pm AWST)
    Welcome session and start-up activities
    1.5 hours, online
  • Thursday 2 March 2023 – Sunday 5 March 2023: SYDNEY
    Mayfielders will arrive in Sydney late on the Thursday to participate in a 2.5 day, face-to face workshop held over the weekend.
  • Thursday 23 March 2023 @ 4.30pm AEST (6.30pm NZDT/2.30pm AWST)
    Workshop 2
    1.5 hours, online
  • April – May 2023
    Participants will continue to drive the project through online, self-directed group collaboration, in preparation for the Christchurch Conference presentation and written publication.
  • Monday 15 May – Friday 19 May 2023: CHRISTCHURCH CONFERENCE
    Participants will arrive in Christchurch late on the Monday and spend the following day finalising the group’s conference presentation. Mayfielders will attend the conference from the Wednesday to the Friday and present their findings to the delegates in a dedicated session.

Participants presented the group’s findings at the 2023 Annual Conference re:Activate – generating a city of learning Conference in Christchurch in May 2023. Many of our 2023 Mayfielders shared their learnings and experience of their project with their local LEA Chapter during the latter half of 2023.

Learning Environments Australasia paid for flights and accommodation costs to attend both the face-to-face weekend workshop in Sydney and the 2023 Annual Conference re:Activate – generating a city of learning in Christchurch. Participants were required to pay the conference registration, meals, local travel and incidental costs during their stays. Participants also received a complimentary 12-month membership to their local Learning Environments Australasia Chapter.

Expressions of interest were made in written form; including a one-page CV, with a cover letter outlining the reasons for wanting to be part of the Project, addressing the following criteria (max 250 words per criteria):

  • Particular interest in learning and learning environments
  • Evidence of a commitment to learning and enrichment of your personal and professional practice
  • Outline how your personal and professional experience will benefit the Project

Submission closed at 5pm on Friday 18 November 2022.

Applicants were advised by Friday 23 December 2023.