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Physical spaces

A variety of innovative physical spaces are emerging at USC to cater for shifts in student mobility, changes in pedagogical practice and the affordances of new and emerging technological tools.

Each space is technology-enabled to ensure students can bring their own devices and have fast efficient internet access.

New purpose-built spaces can be easily reconfigured with a range of flexible furniture that enables group work, multiple presentations and small seminars.

Tiered classroom

USC Gympie nursing simulation

USC educators are encouraged to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning to make the best possible use of the new and refurbished learning spaces across our campuses; spaces that include:

  • Simulation spaces
  • Health and Sport Centre
  • Lecture theatres
  • Tutorial rooms (Room E1.06 pictured)
  • Collaborative Learning spaces
  • Sippy Downs E-building
    • Tiered-teaching space
    • Engage research space
    • Sessional staff space
  • Gympie Learning Hub, Gympie Campus (Nursing simulation lab pictured)

Engineering Learning Hub Visualisation and Collaboration Studios

For bookings and more information visit Visualisation at USC - the Engineering Learning Hub

Visualisation studio - Collaboration

This world class visualisation facility consists of two distinct spaces. One is the Visualisation Studio, containing the 2D/3D Cave2 system along with a number of breakout learning spaces.

The second is the Collaboration Studio designed to foster learning through collaboration in a technology rich environment, capped off with a huge 3D enabled screen on which multiple sources (table and student laptops, tablets, phones) can be shared. The Collaboration Studio also includes video conferencing systems facilities for multi-campus teaching.

Outcomes of this building will be significant, which include:

  • new engineering education capacity and capability in the sector; more school and TAFE students proceeding to engineering degrees; more engineering graduates; and more sustainable regional economies and universities.

  • development of enhanced engineering pathways from schools, TAFE and the community. This will be achieved by expanded delivery of first year engineering subjects in schools; development of regional TAFE engineering provision, including co-location of delivery with USC; and development of an engineering Tertiary Preparation Pathway course, all featuring visualisation.

  • stimulation of student and community interest in studying engineering, including among women and girls, through fieldwork and special events involving the visualisation theatres.

  • development of tertiary and school teacher capability in engineering education through collaborative design and delivery of professional development programs focused on visualisation.

Third spaces

Third spaces are the informal learning and meeting places that play a key role in the life of USC students.

Continuous evaluation of these places occurs to ensure students are provided with spaces they can transform into places for learning. USC's Third Spaces include:

  • Library spaces
  • cultural spaces
    • Buranga Centre (Indigenous student spaces)
    • Yarning circle (in the garden - pictured)
    • Nature reserve
  • Informal spaces
    • Natural spaces
    • Play spaces
    • Social spaces

Buranga Centre yarning circle

Blended spaces

Making the most of virtual and Blended learning spaces is critical to the future success of USC.

Combining face‐to‐face teaching with the affordances offered by contemporary technologies and the connective possibilities of the Internet, together with informed and creative pedagogies, USC educators can create vibrant, engaging learning environments for our students that can significantly enhance their learning.

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