Didactic and collaborative rooming together

Check out Springfield's new collaborative teaching and learning room on YouTube.
USQ’s Springfield campus has proudly unveiled their first collaborative teaching and learning room with a snazzy video demonstrating the room setup changing from collaborative to didactic in 55 seconds.

Once warmed up, academic and professional staff work side by side at a dizzying pace to the strains of Flight of the Bumblebee to change the setup back to collaborative again in just 45 seconds.

The times were achieved with only two personnel per workstation.

Springfield campus Executive Manager Doug Fraser said the times recorded were achieved with only two personnel per workstation.

‘If the full complement of eight personnel per workstation were available, sub 30 second room reconfigurations are likely.’

Mr Fraser said the multi-purpose room was created to provide staff and students with flexible facilities which can be used for all forms of teaching.

‘Space is currently limited at Springfield and there were no facilities for on-campus students to undertake collaborative learning in their own time,’ Mr Fraser said.

‘The collaborative teaching and learning room can be used for all forms of teaching, including didactic, group and collaborative without compromising its ability to also be used for examinations and other administrative purposes.’

Mr Fraser said the room could accommodate up to 48 students in didactic teaching arrangements and six groups of eight students in a group or collaborative environment.

‘The room includes enhanced collaborative technology and highly flexible, reconfigurable furniture, allowing improved group work during class which can also be used by students in their own time.

‘There are IT systems that allow for collaborative work to be undertaken either via a wireless keyboard or students own computers or tablets.

‘Groups have access to a large screen that is easily manipulated and are capable of using conferencing software such as Skype as well as collaborative software such as Drop box. The new space has proven highly popular with staff and students.’

Mr Fraser recently presented the room at a national teaching space conference where it attracted considerable attention due to its novel furniture, cost (approximately one quarter that of the industry standard), speed of reconfiguration, minimal loss of seating capacity, and increased flexibility over conventional collaborative teaching spaces. 

Follow this link to view the collaborative teaching and learning room video.
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