The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has announced plans to spend $4 million to create state of the art technology-enabled learning and teaching spaces as well as collocate the school’s external relations teams with its students and staff.
The entire ground floor of the Australian School of Business building is to be turned into technology-enabled formal and informal teaching and learning spaces that will help the business school ‘flip the classroom’ by moving online material that has previously been delivered in lectures and by focusing in class time on problem solving, team work and group learning.
Professor Geoffrey Garrett, the Dean of the Australian School of Business said: “I am very excited about this bold new initiative which will enable us to ‘flip the classroom’ using technology and to focus precious in class time on problem solving, team work and discussion and debate. We are working with a broad group of stakeholders, experienced architects, as well as prominent educational consultants to make the most of the interactions between technology and physical spaces to enhance the educational experiences of our students.”
The first flipped classroom will open in session 1 2014, while the remainder will be completed for the commencement of session 2 next year.
Additionally, the student computer labs in the Australian School of Business Quadrangle Building will be converted into offices for administrative staff, enabling the co-location of student services and external relations teams.