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Pedagogy in practice

The SNAPSHOTS demonstrate how individual learning spaces and technology at JCU can be used effectively to support a range of different pedagogies, teaching strategies and student learning approaches. This page highlights some of the key pedagogies and teaching strategies illustrated in the different SNAPSHOTS.

Active learning
For further information on active learning approaches see A Guide to Teaching in the new spaces.

For ease of download, links to low resolution copies of the videos are used. HD versions of the videos are available from the SNAPSHOTS page.

 SNAPSHOT Pedagogy/ Learning and teaching strategies
An overview of the affordances of Education Central
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Education Central provides a variety of spaces that support a range of modalities of learning: discursive, reflective, active and collaborative learning as well as didactic (lecture) modes. The multiple screen technology and room design facilitates self-directed, student-led and teacher led learning. The building design and variety of spaces support the JCU focus on purposeful blended learning approaches
Collaborative learning in practice  PLAY VIDEO Students and staff outline their experience of collaborative learning in the different spaces in Education Central. The features of the spaces which afford formal and informal collaborative learning are described.

The value of peer to peer learning spaces 
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Peer to peer learning spaces are being used to support student learning; formal student support is provided by Learning Skills Advisers; co-located school offices mean students can access ad hoc support from staff; students form informal study groups; students take ownership of their spaces and social learning takes place over a cup of coffee.

Effective use of technology in a large Collaborative Lecture Theatre     PLAY VIDEO                        

Blending for interactive learning in a large class 
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The space design and technology in the large collaborative lecture theatre (150+) supports purposeful blended learning approaches. This includes mixing didactic teaching of large classes with small group work and technology-enabled learning. The variety of AV technology affords the use of a range of technology. The document camera is used for live demonstrations of solutions/problem solving; use of two projector screens allows the simultaneous use of a presentation and other media such as document camera or tablet.  Wide desks and movable chairs allow students to easily form small groups for discussion and for lecturers to move amongst students to provide individual assistance.
Engaging students in active learning              PLAY VIDEO 

Engaging students in active learning (extended cut)
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The TEAL Room supports active, collaborative learning in large classes (72); the table arrangements of 9 encourage small group work and team work and access to Wacom tablets and BYOD plug-in points give widespread access to technology. The document camera is used for live demonstrations of solutions/problem solving; student-led learning is supported by the control users have over displaying their laptops and desktops at their stations; wall-to-wall whiteboards are actively used in collaborative learning. The room is situated away from other teaching and office spaces and this means active (noisy) learning can comfortably take place. Adaptable lighting in the room can be used effectively to draw the focus on to the lecturer at the central podium, or shift it back to students at the tables. 
Never too old to learn, never too young to teach PLAY VIDEO Lecturer Max Lenoy provides a unique opportunity for teacher-education students to learn from young primary students as part of the XO laptop programThe TEAL room is an ideal location for a community engagement activity. Young prep. students from Heatley Primary school (Townsville) turned educators to demonstrate their skills in the use of the XO laptops; this flips the experience for JCU Education students, Education staff and Heatley Primary staff who become the learners; the activity demands active listening and careful questioning techniques by the Education students; learn by watching and learn by doing; underlying the activity was an open and flexible approach to learning; learn by play; The TEAL room is situated away from other teaching and office spaces and this means active (noisy) learning can comfortably take place.
Purposeful use of space for staff professional learning PLAY VIDEO 

The staff meeting room supports team work, peer to peer learning and development of communities of practice. The videoconference technology enables seamless connections across campuses. Touchpad technology and laptop ports provide flexibility for presenters across multiple sites.
Effective use of Collaborative Learning spaces and technology PLAY VIDEO

In the 48 seat Collaborative Teaching Room (Dry) the setup of the work stations facilitates collaborative group work; the document camera and multiple screen technology enable the lecturer to switch from teacher-directed to student-directed learning. The space facilitates practical work in Science and Arts subjects, integrating this with the use of technology. The flexible space enables cooperative and kinesthetic learning. Students value group interaction and relationship building over less interactive approaches in traditional lecture spaces.
An innovative Science space for pre-service teachers PLAY VIDEO

The student experience in a flexible collaborative space PLAY VIDEO

The laboratory space provides an authentic learning environment for Science pre-service teachers. The setup of the work stations facilitates collaborative and cooperative group work; Use of the document camera and central podium enable the lecturer to demonstrate techniques and activities and to switch from teacher-directed to student-directed learning. The authentic purpose-built space facilitates the teaching of Science teaching principles and provides access to genuine equipment to enable teachers to practise with the equipment prior to them facing students in school classrooms. The flexible space can be used for other subjects. 


SCALE-UP - Student Centred Active Learning & Upside down pedagogies. http://scaleup.ncsu.edu/ . Extensive examples of collaborative learning spaces.