Activity Based Learning at The Scots College

The Scots College, through the faculty of Applied Science, continues its endeavor to be an educational leader with the recent open of the Activity Based Learning (ABL) Space. The learning space caters to the development of 21st century skills of autonomy, ICT skills, inquiry learning, collaboration and communication while placing the responsibility of learning on the students themselves.

Drawing from the culture of international companies such a Fuji Xerox and Google, the Activity Based Learning Space takes collaborative working to a new level. Whereas traditional classrooms are designed to adequately suit most activities, the College's ABL Space provides students and teachers with areas designed to suit core activities in Applied Science. Lecture areas were designed to promote intimate lectures and to facilitate scientific discussions. Small group and individual work areas were designed to cater for the different learning styles of students. Whether students are visual or kinesthetic learners, whiteboards and small seating areas are available. A significant feature of the ABL space is the collaborative areas for small and medium groups with practical spaces for student work and group demonstrations.

Mr Chris Metcalfe, Dean of Applied Science said "While many schools encourage inquiry learning in open spaces very few have activity based learning design, certainly none that can compare. We have made sure that in the design of the ABL Space that we would cater to the different learning preferences of the boys. We hope that through the use of this space that student/teacher interactions will become closer and more individualised."

Conceptually, the space has developed from an educational philosophy that is centered on activity-based learning. The Applied Science faculty worked closely with the international consulting firm Veldhone + Company that specialises in creating activity based learning spaces, to design the ABL Space at the College. Subsequent to this collaboration an architectural brief was developed to ensure that the space would meet the specific learning and pedagogical needs of boys and teachers that has been identified.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki opened The ABL Space on Thursday 6 December at a dedicated event with noted Australian Doctor, Professor Graeme Clark in attendance.

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