News Release

REF NO.: 10

SUBJECT: Teaching and learning collaborative space opens at Memorial University

DATE: September 11, 2014

Note to editors: 

Members of the media are invited to attend the grand opening event of the Teaching and Learning Commons in the Faculty of Education on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.

The Faculty of Education has taken an outdated computer lab and transformed it into a creative teaching and learning space for students. The primary purpose of the new Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) is to facilitate and encourage collaborative learning using 21st-century technology, which parallels the kinds of learning environments teacher graduates are expected to create when they begin practising as professional teachers and instructors.

The room contains state-of-the-art iMac stations, SMART boards, projectors, screens and computer applications where pre-service teachers can complete course work and develop lesson plans for their future students. The TLC features unique furniture, such as cylindrical chairs that promote active sitting, mini-classroom setups, multi-level chairs and tables and booth seating. It is an open space that can accommodate 11 working groups, but also has sub-sections and dividers to separate groups and to help absorb noise.

The grand opening of the Teaching and Learning Commons will take place on Monday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in room ED-5006 of the G.A. Hickman (Education) building. Darin King, minister, Department of Education, and Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, will speak at the event. Light refreshments will be provided and limited paid parking is available in Parking Garage 27A.

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