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.
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
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 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:
The following research centres and clusters are vital spaces of learning at USC:
- Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH)
- Skills and Academic Research Centre (SARC)
- Sustainability Research Centre
- Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre
- GeneCology Research Centre
- Forest Industries Research Centre
- Engage Research Cluster
- Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster
- Cluster for Health Improvement
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.