The imaginative renewal of teaching and learning spaces is an ongoing priority for the University of Melbourne, including the renewal of virtual and physical spaces, both in and out of class. The effects of teaching and learning spaces on the nature and quality of both student-student and staff-student interactions are recognised. The University also recognises the important educational role of the social spaces in which students meet informally.
Learning environments play a critical role in the development of strong learning communities, one of the key aims of curriculum evolution at the University of Melbourne. These communities are supported by place, technology and cohort-targeted graduate and undergraduate spaces.
The University is designing and experimenting with new learning spaces that go well beyond traditional thinking in higher education. This includes the development of flexible teaching and learning spaces that encourage and allow a wide range of teaching and learning methods, which accommodate different approaches to teaching and learning across the disciplines, and which have seamlessly integrated electronic technologies.
The University's Learning Environment and Innovation and Renewal Program is a collection of projects designed to create shared learning spaces that are more innovative, flexible, and collaborative.
A list of planned and completed improvements to learning spaces can be found on the Learning Environments website.
Recent upgrades to learning spaces include:
Since 2002, the University's Learning Environments unit has worked to group the portfolio of shared learning spaces into "learning precincts" that make sense in terms of disciplinary-based differences in teaching and learning styles. The goal is to ensure that we develop learning environments that meet the needs of the disciplines located with a given "learning precinct".
The first of the Learning Precincts to be operational is the Eastern Precinct (science and engineering) which includes the redeveloped Eastern Resource Centre (ERC) Library and Frank Tate building and the new Eastern Precinct Student Centre.
Visit the Learning Environments unit website to learn more.
At the University of Melbourne, the provision of state-of-the-art electronic technology and leading-edge resources is grounded in three beliefs:
- information and communication technologies are an integral part of the process of knowledge development and dissemination in all fields;
- information and communication technologies provide previously unimaginable learning experiences and cangreatly assist in exposing students to the frontiers of knowledge in particular fields;
- it is essential for Melbourne graduates to develop the skills of independent information searching, evaluation and utilisation using all available sources of information.
In keeping with these beliefs, the University provides a wide range of e-learning tools and spaces for both staff and students including the following examples:
The University libraries hold over 3.5 million items, in 19 separate locations, and complete more than 42 million loan transactions each year. This makes it one of the busiest and most comprehensive libraries in Australia. Our students have immediate access to an enormous range of materials, from DVDs to rare books and ancient maps and the opportunity to borrow from other libraries across the country.
Visit the Libraries website for more information.
The University of Melbourne is spread across seven campuses throughout Victoria, with the Parkville campus the main learning and administrative hub. Other campuses include:
Set immediately to the north of Melbourne’s CBD, the Parkville campus is the heart of the University and offers a variety of unique cultural, architectural and landscape features which play an important part in the history of the City of Melbourne and the story of Victoria. Combined with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities and at the centre of one of Australia’s leading biomedical hubs, the campus provides an extraordinary setting for this vibrant community of scholars.
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