I first met Kevin when he was in the UK on study leave and he presented at the SCHOMS conference held at Aberystwyth in 2009.
This morning Kevin explained what his team does, I was very interested in their in house developed lecture capture system and hope that Kevin will say more on that.
We then went on a campus walk about and visited several spaces but some were in use so unable to wander around them.
Later on I was taken to some other new areas by Scott and Warren who work in the DMS team. The ubiquitious problem of late or lack of consultation on the design of spaces is present at Flinders although they have seen recent improvements on this front.
This picture will resonate with many who are adopting lecture capture. This notice is present at the 45 locations that lecture capture takes place.
This picture is of windows in the side of a lecture theatre at the Education building from the outside. You will see that the blinds are down. This is because they are west facing and the sun blazes through and heats the space. It is a shame as the idea is good. It would have enabled people using the pathway outside to see any activity happening in the lecture theatre and those inside to have daylight and see passersby.
The seating can be withdrawn and is known as the multipurpose centre so an adaptable or reconfigurable space.
I liked this room with its great natural daylight and view of the trees. However it is also a video conferencing suite and the picture is taken as if from the video camera. This has presented problems even when the blinds are closed due to light spillage at the edges of the blinds. This scenario resulted from the media services team not being involved at the concept stage and those designing the room not understanding the effect the light would have on the VC. There are a few solutions: Better blackout or move the camera through 90 degrees.
I think it is a very nice meeting room though.
This picture is in a 300 seat lecture in the Health Sciences building. It is a very nice well equipped theatre.
I particularly liked the central tablet provision which addresses the problem providing for left and right handed people. Left handers are often not catered for. I have visited four lecture theatres on my travels with a combined capacity of approx. 1000 and no provision for left hand students. This is 110 students based on 11% of people being left handed. Some studies have the figure as high as 15%
Is the writing surface doing its job here? The picture is taken from the back of the room. I couldn't read what was written on the board. As you can see there is a document camera available but writing surfaces were insisted upon. I know many places where this happens and wonder how students at the back of such a scenario manage. There are spaces at Aberystwyth that have this issue. Do others have a policy about this?
This is a picture of the lectern. I am not sure of the purpose of the purple panel on the front. However it does raise some design issues. Look at the next picture.
This is the view that students get from the first 5 rows if a vertically challenged person such as me is teaching i.e. just a head.
I refer back to the blog about gender. Women are generally shorter than men. This scenario also impacts upon a lecturer in a wheelchair.
I am visiting city centre rooms later.