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University of Worcester – Collaboration Tables in Teaching Spaces

Published: September 22, 2015

Project: Edward Edgar Collaborative Teaching Spaces
Client: GV Multi-Media
Products: WorksZone Multi-Platform Table, Educator Series 2: Single

The University of Worcester wanted to refurbish two existing rooms to encourage collaborative learning, in the Edward Edgar building, St Johns Campus.   GV Multi Media proposed a mix of TeamMate WorksZone Multi-Platform tables and Educator Series 2 lecterns and the in-house design team at TeamMate prepared 2D DWG and 3D renders for both rooms, providing the university with a clear visual of how a mix of tables for student collaboration coupled with a central mobile Educator lectern for the presenter. The use of WorksZone Collaboration Tables transformed these two environments from traditional formal teaching classrooms to modern collaborative learning environments; areas that will engage and inspire students and encourage collaborative and project based learning.

The WorksZone tables, available in different lengths, were strategically placed to provide comfortable, easily accessible working space for the maximum number of students.  Each table had a screen placed to one end for project based work and a central connectivity module with access to power and connectivity leads to enable students to easily connect their devises to the screen without trailing cables.  The majority of the WorksZone tables were set at a fixed height of 700mm, with each room having one electronic variable height table so that students and lecturers could experiment with the sit/stand theory of working.  A single Educator Series 2 lectern was positioned for the presenter to work from.

Collaborative and open space learning is a growing trend in universities, the need for active learning spaces that support BYOD (bring your own devises) is evident with more and more universities using collaboration technologies and furniture to inspire and enable students develop their teamwork and communication skills. The two collaborative learning areas with WorksZone Tables are being trailed by the University of Worcester to see if this way of teaching and learning is the way forward to improve student experience.

Owen Parry - Team Leader: Audio Visual Services at the University of Worcester commented;

“Initial feedback has been very positive, with academic staff keen to make use of the technology and the collaborative nature of the rooms”.

Stephen Joyce - Disability Adviser talking about BYOD and collaborative tables:

“From the disability support perspective anything that aids inclusive practice is a good move. The TeamMate adjustable height table was good and can enable groups to work sitting or standing… enabling everyone to access it.”

 

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