Science of Learning Research Classroom
The Science of Learning Research Classroom offers the possibility to record classroom interactions at a level of detail not available at any comparable facility elsewhere in the world. The new facility sets the standard internationally for experimental classroom research, providing detailed records of all social interactions and the efficient, secure provision of that data to researchers throughout Australia and overseas. The facility offers unprecedented capabilities for pre-service and in-service teacher education delivery to cohorts in Australia and elsewhere.
The classroom’s design consists of 6 clusters of 6 students supporting collaborative and group work on trapezoidal IT enabled tables assembled around dedicated smartboards. The AV infrastructure allows the facilitator to roam the floor and choose to capture and share group material, class material or instantly use one table’s window with the class to assist in the new learning environment. A class stet of technology will further assist in the shared collaborative learning pedagogy. The world’s best practice for acoustics, digital sound, visual recording and classroom design is incorporated ensuring the success of the Project Control Group’s goals.
The classroom is supported by a live video and audio mixing studio behind one way glass. The control room has a bench for the technical operators supported by a raised platform for observation and instruction from academics. The control room can be set up to capture live feed through a default setting, or under the direction of research fellows, the information can be edited live for more detailed classroom research.
The ambitions of this world leading research has led to considerable media interest with local newspapers and television news running reports on the facility.
This world class facility features on the front cover and pages six and seven of the MGSE’s Overview for 2015 – Shaping Minds, Shaping the World