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New collaborative and informal learning spaces now available at Footscray Nicholson

The refurbishment of several classrooms in the southern wing of Footscray Nicholson building D Levels 3 & 4 has now been completed.    This also completes the installation of air-conditioning into the northern wing of learning spaces on Level 3 of the building.

These spaces now offer:

D419 – large informal study space open to ALL students at Footscray Nicholson.  It cannot be booked for teaching.   It includes 3 bookable group work “pods” with writable surfaces and an LCD screen that will be on the Library booking system for students.


  D322 – an innovative, collaborative learning space with a “briefing area”, “studio space” suitable for technology and non-technology projects and a “brainstorming” space with large amounts of writable surface


D320 – collaborative learning space with standard projection system, lots of writable surfaces and “node chairs”.  These are chairs on castors with tables that can be quickly moved into any configuration for whole of class discussion through to small group work.


D320 And D321 - large collaborative learning spaces with movable triangular collaborative tables, standard projection system and lots of writable surfaces.


If you are interested in 

  • Investigating different use cases for these spaces
  • Being timetabled into the spaces for 2015
  • Willing to be part of the evaluation of these spaces in S1, 2015
  • Please contact Lisa Germany ( x4079 ;  lisa.germany@vu.edu.au).   Lisa is hoping to hold some workshops in early December around these spaces and will be running the evaluation of them in S1, 2015.    I am keen to get people into these rooms that will utilise the collaborative features and be able to provide feedback on what works and does not work so well so that this can be fed into future learning space designs for VU.

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