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Post-conference Site Tour & Workshops: Thursday, 16 March 2017

WORKSHOP A

08:30 AM - 11:00 AM Effectively Utilising Space and Technology with the Aim of Future Proofing Learner Environments for Research Student

Sandy Schuck, Professor of Education, University of Technology Sydney Sandris Zeivots, Research Associate - Teacher Education Program, University of Technology Sydney
This workshop will report on research conducted on how postgraduate research students are using a new activity-based workspace at UTS for their studies. These students are all studying for research degrees (doctoral and masters research degrees) and have been invited to pilot a new space in the university. The space is unlike previous spaces for research students in that it is based on the concept of activity-based workplaces, comprising a number of different areas for use as needed. The presentation will outline findings of this study and will include a short tour of the space.

Initial findings suggest:
  • The space has been good for community building
  • Students tend to choose one workstation and ‘personalise’ it rather than take up different workstations
  • The new space is viewed positively and attracts students to working on campus
  • Students require a space that is quiet but not too quiet, enjoy a busy hum

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Sandy Schuck

Professor of Education
University of Technology Sydney
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Sandris Zeivots

Research Associate - Teacher Education Program
University of Technology Sydney

WORKSHOP B

11:00 AM - 11:59 PM Improving Communication Between Educators and Technical Staff for Improved Resource Utilisation

Communication between technical and nontechnical personal is crucial in the development of blended learning tools. Educators require support when utilising new developed learning spaces and tools, and hence communication between various stakeholders becomes crucial to the overall project. This workshop will raise questions on current barriers and hindrances.

This interactive workshop will introduce a range of tolls and participatory engagements for developing generative dialogues between stakeholders for supporting the design and development of learning spaces. These strategies can be used for inspiring and enhancing the learning and teaching engagement among all stakeholders.
  • Understanding the dialog between technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Better understanding of technology available to educators
  • Training and workshops available to technical and non- technical staff