Use and evaluation of a technology-rich experimental collaborative classroom

Diane Salter, David L. Thomson, Bob Fox, Joy Lam

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In order to pilot a shift towards greater use of collaborative learning in our higher education programs, the University of Hong Kong has invested in the development of a prototype technology-enhanced collaborative learning space. The space was created by retrofitting a vacant studio, turning it into an innovative classroom space in which collaborative learning is promoted and facilitated both through the provision of technology and by the physical layout of the room. We have used the space to pioneer collaborative learning both by holding professional development workshops for faculty in the room and also by helping academic staff to run experimental courses in the learning space. The opportunity to offer professional development and support for academic staff in this environment is particularly valuable as it ensures they do not simply deliver traditional didactic lectures in a space designed to promote interactive student learning and engagement. By using the space as a 'student' they are able to consider how they may use collaborative learning environments with their students. This paper describes use of the room for professional development of academic staff and also provides two examples of the use and evaluation of the room by faculty who used the room to teach experimental classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-819
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • collaborative learning space
  • outcome-based approach
  • staff development
  • teaching and learning
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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