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Investing in a new way of learning

By Lisa Barwick and Toni Kelly

Abstract

In today’s technologically complex world, the\ud needs of students have never been so diverse. But\ud while laptops, iPods and the wireless revolution\ud have transformed how students communicate and\ud obtain information, the way they learn has also\ud evolved.\ud The University of Birmingham is committed to\ud nurturing independent learners, able to think\ud critically, show initiative and work collaboratively.\ud Inevitably, this requires significant changes to the\ud areas in which learning is delivered or supported.\ud Information services at Birmingham is now managing\ud Higher Education Funding Council money\ud allocated for just this purpose.\ud In the last two years some £4.5 million has been\ud spent on several major projects aimed at developing\ud and improving learning spaces on campus.\ud This investment is part of the university’s learning\ud spaces strategy, a plan that will be shaping\ud current and future development of learning space\ud throughout the institution.\ud The availability of funding provides an ideal\ud opportunity to create innovative, sustainable and\ud manageable facilities to enhance teaching and\ud learning, in line with the strategy.\ud To date three major projects have been completed:\ud the Nuffield learning centre, the Garner learning\ud suite and the Strathcona building, at a cost of £4m.\ud Each space is unique in its design, with its own\ud identity, but builds on the success of the others

Topics: Z719
Publisher: Society of College, National & University Libraries
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:3698

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