Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
10:00 AM INTERACTIVE SESSION: How Effective are Open Labs? Striking the Right Balance for Collaboration
During this discussion, we take a look at the effectiveness of open labs in sparking conversations and collaboration. New generation lab spaces aredesigned to reduce the amount of closed work spaces and allow researchers to engage in discussions outsideof traditional communal spaces such as hallways or the cafeteria. However, the reality of open labs increases thelevel of noise, counter-productive to the intent of the design. Therefore, how can we design a spacethat strikes the right balancebetween work and interaction?
- Collaborativespaces: What works and what could be improved?
- Meeting the demand for types of support spaces, labs, officespaces and coreareas
- Features to transition traditional researcher mindset on spaceutilisation
- Key ingredients for collaboration and effective use of spacewithin labs
3:00 PM CASE STUDY: Introducing UTS’ Hive-Superlab: An Integrated Teaching & Laboratory Facility Driving Next Generation Learning
In 2015, UTS began operating the newly constructed Superlab, a first of its kind with modern equipment and technology that accommodates over 200 students from 12 different classes. The UTS Hive-Superlab, the next iteration of the UTS Superlab, is currently under construction and will begin operations in 2019. The UTS Hive-Superlab is the second generation of the UTS Superlab with an increase in size to accommodate more than 250 students from 14 different classes, designed to comply with PC2 requirements, improves on technological advancements for new teaching practices and methodology. It has an innovative aesthetic approach when compared to traditional laboratory design to create a unique and engaging teachingenvironment for the students. This session will focus the following:
- Why the UTS Hive-Superlab?
- How to enhance students’ engagement and teaching experience via innovative ‘non-traditional’ aesthetic laboratory design (from laboratory layout to colour schemes and laboratory benches)
- Integration of safety requirements and PC2 requirements to a large teaching laboratory environment
- New technological advancements in aiding teaching methodologies