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Collaborative Approaches to Learning in Ray 2.4

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Week 6,
Term Three, 2016

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This year, a number of English classes have been moved from the Cordner Building to the newly refurbished Ray 2.4 teaching space.

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw

“Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” - Paul Solarz

Designed to encourage a much more interactive approach to teaching and learning, the room has provided English staff with the opportunity to introduce a range of innovative teaching strategies and has, according to both staff and students, led to a much more engaging and dynamic classroom experience.

The generous proportions of the room, the multiple and varied learning spaces, and the ability for students to write on classroom walls have all contributed to making Ray 2.4 a remarkably flexible and enjoyable teaching and learning space. Not only has the room allowed teachers to cater more effectively for a variety of learning styles, it has also helped foster a much more collaborative approach to learning.

We look forward to the rooms in The Cordner Building being similarly refurbished in the not-too-distant future.

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