TELL us all about it: establishment of a Technology Enhanced Learning Laboratory

Reushle, Shirley and Kissell, Brian and Fryer, Maggie and King, David (2009) TELL us all about it: establishment of a Technology Enhanced Learning Laboratory. In: Next Generation Learning Spaces 2008 Colloquium, 1-2 Oct 2008, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper presents a case study of the design and development of the Technology Enhanced Learning Laboratory (TELL), a physical, multi-purpose, “sandpit” space at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). As USQ is a regional, predominantly distance learning, multi-campus institution with students studying off-campus in both national and international locations, the TELL aligns with the University Vision to improve learning and increase access through innovative pedagogy and the creative use of technology. The TELL also supports the flexible learning priorities identified in the Learning and Teaching Operational Plan 2007-2012. The Lab is quite different from existing physical learning spaces, such as lecture theatres and ICT training rooms. It embraces the ‘next generation learning spaces’ concept by adopting an open plan, studio-style room, with flexible, configurable technologies and fittings. The research and development intent of the TELL suggests that it should not be used for regular timetabled classes as the aim is to make it available for trial-based activity through an electronic booking system. Preliminary evaluation data indicate that the successful uptake of the TELL will be influenced by institutional buy-in, ease of use, sustainable support structures (including ICT and pedagogical), and evidence of pedagogical enhancement. Because of the newness of this project, a structured, ongoing evaluation process is in the design stage and will soon be rolled out.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- ShareAlike 2.5 Australia License. Support for the original work was provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2009 00:34
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology laboratory, learning spaces
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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