Davis utilises blackboards and tables fashioned from old doors
in an effort to promote collaborative based labs with a small
a number of people associated with the University’s Innovative
Teaching and Educational Technology Fellowship worked together to
investigate how planned renovations to the School of Physics could
be shaped by trends in education research and recent initiatives
at other institutions. The interactions between the newly formed
“ITET” team, a sub committee comprising of Kate Wilson,
Iain McAlpine and myself, and physics teaching staff resulted in
major shifts towards learning space that was more flexible, student-orientated
and particularly amenable to collaboration, presentations and mini-conferences.
extensive use of data projectors, microphones and other technology
to create a collaborative environment in the undergraduate physics
Part of the
ITET approach included reporting on lab facilities and accompanying
teaching innovations currently in place at US and Canadian Universities.
Photos, interviews and documentation procured on my whirlwind tour
of US physics labs provided suitable fodder to fuel our own ideas.
Whilst some US universities used sophisticated technology to teach
large groups effectively in a collaborative mode, other campuses
chose to teach smaller class sizes with very basic levels of educational
The integration of ideas that culminated from the ITET sub-committee’s
findings into the planning process of the upcoming renovations will
ensure that the School of Physics is providing learning facilities
and teaching strategies that are world class.