There are three vital ingredients for our new approach to the classroom:
- A changing pedagogy (style of teaching).
- Physical space
The Place was designed by leading design consultancy Woods Bagot to break down the traditional divisions between teaching space and study space.
It’s highly flexible, and encourages movement and energy. Students sit in small groups of up to six, on stools clustered around a large worktable and wall-mounted screen. They connect their own devices via Wi-Fi, and are encouraged to write all over the whiteboard walls or pin ideas up during a brainstorm.
Each classroom has a central screen and up to 10 work screens, and the teacher can switch attention to one group’s screen using a central control.
Access experiential resources online
Classroom technology is just the beginning. Behind the scenes, teachers are filming short talks, lectures, expert interviews or podcasts to create the online learning resources needed to flip our classrooms. Students watch this in advance, and then come to The Place to put that knowledge to work.
More space for bright ideas
The second phase of The Place project was completed in time for the beginning of Semester 2. This has expanded the flipped spaces to include three more classrooms, as well as two informal breakout areas and study pods for private discussions. This has created even more flexibility for learning in the UNSW Business School building.
Visit the UNSW Flipped Classroom site