What's this space? Inside the learning.futures Academic Hub
At UTS, we continually create distinctive spaces for staff and students, be it to enhance learning or research outcomes or improve the student experience. As part of a series profiling unique and recently created spaces on campus, this month we visit the Academic Hub in Building 6, which opened in February 2017.
What is the Academic Hub?
Created to support learning.futures, the Academic Hub gives academic staff at UTS a central source of learning and teaching help and inspiration. Staff can drop in for all kinds of support, from technical advice on using learning technologies to quick time-saving tips. They can also participate in an ever-changing program of workshops, seminars and makerspace activities on learning and teaching themes.
Learning.futures Academic Hub in Building 6
Where is it?
The Academic Hub (CB06.04.020) is super-easy to find and conveniently located for both the Broadway and Haymarket precincts in Building 6, level 4 – on the main thoroughfare between the Harris St footbridge and DAB café.
Why have we built it?
The Academic Hub is intended to ignite curiosity as well as provide teaching staff with access to face-to-face help and advice when they need it – and it’s about to get even better with a refurbishment that will enhance its warm, welcoming atmosphere and add a fresh, contemporary vibe. When complete in October 2017, the refurbished space will capture some of the qualities of the Apple store Genius Bar, with a ‘hub bar’, as well as a consultation area, workshop space and open-plan workstations.
An artist's impression of the Academic Hub's open-plan workstations post-refurbishment
An artist's impression of the 'hub counter', inspired by the Apple stores'Genius Bar
An artist's impression of the welcoming Academic Hub following the refurbishment
How do you use it?
How you use it really depends on what you want to get out of it. Academics can:
- get help with learning technologies such as UTSOnline, REVIEW, SPARK or Turnitin during regular drop-in hours (12–2pm Mon–Fri). Book to guarantee a place
- take advantage of the program of regular workshops, talks and demos on a range of learning and teaching topics
- participate in a range of ‘pop-up’ events
- access support from the friendly IML team, as well as the UTS Library and other UTS ‘knowledge banks’.
Where can you get more info?
Find out more about the Academic Hub on Futures, the UTS Learning and Teaching Blog. Or better still, drop by and see for yourself what it’s all about.