The UNSW Learning Environments team is responsible for the strategic planning, design and delivery of world-class learning and teaching environments at UNSW. Our unit sits within the portfolio of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), and contributes to the delivery of the UNSW Scientia Educational Experience.
What we do: Learning Spaces for the future
The Learning Environments team is focused on three key areas:
- Providing flexible, future-focused learning spaces that are responsive to UNSW’s current and future needs
The team is responsible for the strategic design and implementation of interactive, dynamic and digitally connected learning environments that facilitate new modes of formal and informal education.
- Integrating physical and digital campuses using the best learning technologies available
Ensuring that learning can occur anytime, anywhere is key to the Learning Environments approach. Integrating digital technologies with our physical campus enables seamless engagement with the learning process.
- Driving experimentation and innovation in teaching with new educational technologies
Key to our work in this area is the Lab for Innovation in Technology for Education (LITEroom), a dedicated on-campus space for experimentation with emerging educational technologies.
Why we do it: Educational context
The work of the Learning Environments team responds to changes in the global education sector, where the rapid growth of technology is creating exciting opportunities for innovation. Active, collaborative and student-centred education is increasingly replacing ‘chalk and talk’. Learning is becoming blended across both physical and digital spaces. As such, UNSW is committed to delivering technology-integrated spaces and systems that support these emerging teaching approaches, and that enhance and personalise the student learning experience.
Who we are: Learning Environments and the PVC(E)
Within the PVCE portfolio, Learning Environments sits alongside the Academic Development Services and the Educational Delivery Services units. Together, these three teams work in partnership to:
- design and manage effective learning environments for students (Learning Environments)
- digitally uplift curriculum design and delivery (Educational Delivery Services)
- develop and renew academic policies and quality assurance processes (Academic Development Services).