Are you ready to take your teaching to the next level by being amongst the first to use the new Central Courtyard teaching spaces? Express your interest now!

Best practice Central Courtyard teaching spaces available S1, 2021

Construction is moving ahead and the Central Courtyard precinct is due for completion and operational commencement in time for Session 1, 2021.  The main building (1 Central Courtyard) includes two levels of teaching spaces of various shapes, sizes and capabilities.

What will the spaces be like?

The teaching spaces have been deliberately designed to shift the University away from traditional space and learning experiences.  While each space is different, the emphasis is on group active learning and interactive engagement between students and teachers.

Spaces will have best practice audio-visual capabilities, but have moved away from traditional ‘sage-on-the-stage’ lectern arrangements.  Furniture varies, but is generally designed to allow for re-arrangement within the space to provide a range of possibilities to support academic needs.

There will be 24 new spaces suitable for class sizes of 30, 60 or 90 students including:

  • Semi-tiered group work spaces
  • Active learning spaces
  • Simulated open plan office space
  • Cafe style arrangement

Details about the various spaces, including floor plans can be found here.

Seeking expressions of interest from Unit Convenors

Expressions of Interest are sought from Unit Convenors who would like to use these teaching spaces in 2021 (S1 or S2) as part of the 2021 teaching timetable.

Selected staff will then form a Community of Practice to:

  • Get familiar with the assigned space and receive support to facilitate optimal use
  • Adapt teaching practices to utilise the potential of the learning space
  • Contribute to an evaluation by providing feedback on how the learning spaces support teaching needs and student learning and to help inform future space decisions of the University
  • Share experiences, knowledge and resources for future teachers to use the spaces

Register your interest or find out more : professional.learning@mq.edu.au

EOI closing date Friday 31st July 2020

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Posted by Kylie Coaldrake

Learning and Teaching Development Coordinator Office of PVC (Learning and Teaching)

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