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Collaborating for better learning

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 10:16
New academic learning space

A team of RMIT Vietnam teachers is exploring and documenting the best use of a new learning space to ensure it will enhance the student experience.

Dubbed the Collaborative Learning Space Working Group (CLSWG), 12 lecturers from across a range of disciplines have been meeting this year to explore the new learning space created on the fifth floor of Academic Building 2.

The space offers an alternative learning environment that will better enable student interactivity through the use of computers connected to a system of display screens.

Students can work in groups to create outputs that can be shared with the class either by rotating individual screen displays or via the front screen.

Working group member and Business Information Systems Lecturer Axel Marrocco, explained the technical side is quite easy.

“The challenge is to use the technology in a way that really helps students achieve their learning goals,” said Mr Marrocco.

The CLSWG is piloting potential uses of the room and to make recommendations for short term use and access, as well as future investment in new learning environments.

Working group member and Management Lecturer Susan Mate, who has held classes in the room, found it enabled active group work for her students in exploring how leaders prepare for change and innovation.

“It got us thinking about our pedagogy, how we set expectations and provide feedback,” she said.

And Dr Mate is planning ahead for next semester.

“We’re aiming to gather data on the student experience of the room as well as find out how it enables our students to engage with industry, other RMIT campuses as well as other universities”.

This story was first published in RMIT Vietnam's Exchange magazine (link is external).