The classrooms project is now at the stage where more detailed plans from the design company and AV/IT consultants have been produced. Feedback from Faculties is awaited. In the meantime take a look at some of the images/ideas that have been out forward in the designs.
Here’s an overview sketch to give an impression of part of one future room with some ideas for floors, ceilings and walls
And here are some sketches of a planning innovative and space saving lectern, currently being referred to as ‘the box’!
Some possible chair layouts and furniture types:
And finally some images of indicating the kind of direction the project is heading with respect to lighting, decor, power supply and flooring.
Take a look at this short video which summarises a mobile learning approach used successfully at another University with ecology students. Though the case study is about ecology students on a field trip the principle of situated learning and the utility of mobile devices in supporting such learning, can be applied in other contexts.
In order for Blackboard to function as a portal we need to use the Community functionality of Blackboard. Community allows specific roles to be defined behind the scenes (e.g. undergraduate from Faculty of Science and Technology) so that information can be targeted to specific individuals based on their role definition.
Last week, as part of progressing this project, staff in the education technology team were trained by an external consultant to be able to fully utilise the Community function. This means that as soon as we receive the final report from Blackboard from the staff and student engagement work, we will be able to begin building a prototype portal.
To learn more about Blackboard Community functionality please look at this web page.
The design company working on the project, Rock Townsend, have now had an opportunity to tour all of the rooms identified by the Faculties. They are currently working with the outline ideas for each room that some Faculties have already provided. Early next week we are hoping to have similar outline ideas from the remaining Faculties.
The timeline for the project is challenging and looks as follows:
Engagement with Faculties March – April
Design /cost plan complete: 24 April, to allow your presentation to the Project Board
Tender pack completion: 24 April – 1 May
Tender: May (4 weeks)
Negotiate with possible contractors: end/May – mid June
Instruct Main contractor and AV specialist contractor: mid June
Completion: end of August