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How Virtual Reality can enhance learning – The IT Research Lab @ Monash University, Melbourne

How Virtual Reality can enhance learning – The IT Research Lab @ Monash University, Melbourne

November 22, 2021

This video is about a new facility at Monash University that would make for an intriguing and exciting addition to the more typical classrooms and teaching spaces in primary and secondary schools. It was designed for the IT department and is a Virtual Reality (VR) facility that is used to research how VR may improve our understanding and […]

Enhancing Learning Through Creativity and Collaboration – The Learning Lab @ The University of Melbourne

Enhancing Learning Through Creativity and Collaboration – The Learning Lab @ The University of Melbourne

November 22, 2021

We made this video to share with you how working collaboratively as a design team with the project stakeholders and thinking creatively about how to deal with obstacles, can result in an innovative learning facility. Here are some of the key ideas: Does your teaching space need a front of house (FoH). Classrooms do not […]

Enhancing Learning – Next Generation Learning Spaces at Monash University, Melbourne

Enhancing Learning – Next Generation Learning Spaces at Monash University, Melbourne

November 22, 2021

We made this video for sharing some of the great ideas Monash University is implementing in its next generation of learning spaces. Here are some of the key ideas: The amount of space needed for an effective collaborative learning space. How technology helps make classrooms flexible. A variety of furniture and seating arrangements give students a choice […]

Why Being Curious Makes for Better Designs

Why Being Curious Makes for Better Designs

May 17, 2021

Several topics have been occupying my mind in 2021. The leader of a legal firm having to step down for sending a letter to staff that challenged the status quo. Victoria University writing a compelling RFT about the type of people they want to work with. A transgender person kicked out of female toilets in a […]

Why Designing for Potential Makes for Better Classrooms

Why Designing for Potential Makes for Better Classrooms

May 3, 2021

In this post, I identified the teacher as the essential ingredient in creating a great classroom. I think the next one is ‘potential’ – when designing a learning space, imagine entering it for the first time and thinking ‘am I inspired to learn here?’ Flexible use and class sizes of a typical classroom can compete […]

Why Architects Must Remember to Design Spaces for People to Use

Why Architects Must Remember to Design Spaces for People to Use

May 3, 2021

This article https://lnkd.in/gP58unk talks about the amazing things being done to combine Information technology and building materials to enhance the experience of entering a building. It reminded me of a passage in the 1943 book ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand; a book that is a bit of a rite of passage for architects to read. “The intrinsic […]

How ds is Helping to Hurry Up the Demise of the Lecture Theatre

How ds is Helping to Hurry Up the Demise of the Lecture Theatre

April 12, 2021

The demise of the lecture theatre has been touted for quite some time and Monash University are doing their bit to speed this along having recently converted 2 lecture theatres into an extended/cross reality (XR) laboratory . Some of the amazing work that will be developed in the laboratory can be found here. Touted as a $30Billion […]

How Diversity And Innovation Drive Great Culture

How Diversity And Innovation Drive Great Culture

April 12, 2021

Great article here about how diversity drives innovation. The take away piece for is “diverse workplaces drive innovation because the more diverse teams are along many dimensions the more likely they are to draw inspiration from seemingly unrelated places. These idea combinations lead to more unlikely and more innovative ideas.”

The Size of the Classroom is (almost) as Important as the Teacher

The Size of the Classroom is (almost) as Important as the Teacher

April 12, 2021

Take away the teacher and what is the most important ingredient for a great classroom? ds has worked with some of the most innovative educators and when I look back at projects, space is a common factor that determines if a classroom will be great. Integrated audio visual systems, good acoustics and lighting, comfortable seating and […]