I am writing this post with news of an exciting development for the University. Our first new “Collaborative learning suite” (room 3508 of the Kydd Building) is nearing completion and will be ready for teaching delivery from early October.
The room is designed to create an active learning environment for approximately 30 students and will be equipped with state of the art learning technologies and using a combination of Kramer Via Connect software and Top Tec Synergy furniture. It is ideally suited to students bringing their own devices and the setup works with any internet enabled device including smartphones, tablets and laptops. A group of around 20 volunteers from all of the Academic Schools met last Friday to discuss the room, how they might use it with their students and how we might evaluate this project. Slides from the meeting are available which provide more detail on the initiative: collaborative-learning-suite-start-up-meeting.
The room is going to be piloted with a group of volunteers this term with the aim of opening it out to all staff in term 2. It is also hoped that students will be able to use the room outwith formal teaching hours for collaborative study on e.g. group projects. We are planning a number of briefing sessions the week beginning 26th September and the following four sessions are available to anyone who is interested in finding out more. Please book your place early to avoid disappointment!
Finally, we have a new section of the TLE blog entitled “Collaborative Learning Suite” which is intended to become our one stop shop for news on the room, how it is being used, challenges encountered and lessons learned. So, watch this space (no pun intended)!
Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, 8th September
Thursday 8th September, glass front is complete and carpeting in place.