We are currently transforming our student experience through flexible, integrated and collaborative learning environments.

As one of UQ's key strategic focus areas, we are working towards ensuring our campuses include vibrant spaces for formal and informal on-campus learning, community engagement and student life.

UQ's teaching and learning spaces are equipped with essential technologies to meet the changing demands of students and staff in a post-COVID world. Initiatives to understand the requirement for collaborative learning environments in the form of flat-floor collaborative spaces, tiered collaborative spaces and technology-enabled collaborative spaces are in development.

Physical Learning Environment Roadmap development 

In June 2023, an evidence-based Physical Learning Environments Roadmap 2023–2027 will be delivered. This roadmap will:

  • Inform future strategic direction and align operations in physical learning environments at UQ
  • Increase understanding and alignment of the requirements for physical learning spaces investment
  • Ensure a consistent approach to allocating and managing physical learning environments
  • Provide an approved roadmap to ensure that future investment decisions are fully informed by a consistent methodology
  • Contribute to UQ’s vision as part of UQ Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2022
  • Contribute towards UQ Disability Action Plan 2023–2025.
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Types of spaces

UQ provides a range of types of teaching and learning spaces:

  • Collaborative
  • Learning theatre
  • Seminar
  • Collaborative PC
  • Computer lab
  • Break out spaces.

These spaces support different approaches to teaching and learning, so consider the spaces available when designing activities for your students. Talk to the timetabling team in your school when planning so that you can book a space that suits your course.

For more information on room configurations or to make a central room booking, go to UQBookIt or refer to the learning space types page.

You can see people teaching in various spaces across UQ through the Open Course Scheme and contact us for support in designing learning activities that will work in UQ spaces.

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Learning space development at UQ

UQ’s rolling program of learning space initiatives is centred on the creation of flexible multi-functional spaces.

Each initiative includes engagement with academic staff and students, follows distinct design principles and post-occupancy evaluation, and builds on our knowledge and ability to create innovative and effective learning environments.

For more information:

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Recent initiatives

ModWest teaching facility

The ModWest teaching facility is located near the Art Museum at the St Lucia campus. It houses large collaborative teaching, learning and informal study spaces. The rooms are available to all schools for classes or events.

Other initiatives are in progress, including:

  • Informal Learning Spaces Master Plan
  • Delivery of the 2022 rolling refurbishment program
    • 47A – Sir James Foots (St Lucia)
    • 8117 – Management Studies Building (Gatton)
  • Development of 2023 rolling refurbishment program submission.
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