How a Business subject is being redesigned to use UTS's new spaces
node Working in teams in the collaborative CB06.04.40 classroom
Professor Simon Darcy is redesigning his classes to take advantage of the new large collaborative space in Building 6 and the technological opportunities for learning it offers.
What the project is about
Professor Darcy is introducing a more innovative research-inspired and industry-based practice in his postgraduate subject through integrative thinking. Moving away from the traditional lecture model into a more interactive multimedia-based learning framework, the subject is incorporating feasibility planning, experience development, business modelling, and design-thinking workshops.
Why the project is being introduced
Professor Darcy found that the subject’s industry and research practices had outgrown the traditional lecture/workshop format and environment, and that more collaborative group work was needed to increase students’ understanding of the subject’s content.
How the project is being implemented
The project is being executed through:
The class of 80-90 students is divided into clusters of six to eight students in the pod-based groups. As the group is a combination of Australian and overseas students, Professor Darcy is randomly assigning the groups of students and changing them every two weeks to promote peer-to-peer networking and diversity in groups' ideas.
Each two-and-a-half hour workshop will have a different format, but each one includes:
Professor Darcy says that this new format invites students to learn in a more professionally relevant way, compared to how the subject has been traditionally taught.