Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Governance

Design of Learning Spaces at CSU is guided by pedagogy, study of student/academic behaviours and educational research. This is done in two stages:

1. The Learning and Teaching Spaces Improvement Team (LTSIT)

  • Established by Division of Facilities Management to coordinate, review recommendations and manage operational and tactical activities across all campuses regarding the continued improvement of all Learning and Teaching spaces. Incorporating both spatial and technical improvements
  • Engages with key stakeholders across the university, which include:
    • Faculty of Arts and Education
    • Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
    • Faculty of Science
    • Division of Information Technology
    • Division of Learning and Teaching
    • Division of Student Administration
  • Appoint regular meetings to document proposed works and also to prioritise and schedule works, in order to report to the Learning Environments Committee (LEC)
  • Work with relevant groups and stakeholders to tackle topics of renovating existing spaces and building new spaces by:
    • surveying academic staff on their perceptions of CSU spaces
    • auditing actual utilisation and occupant behaviour of spaces
    • developing an evidence-based set of educational principles to inform prioritisation of space refurbishment
    • The following two documents are the outcomes of this work:
      1. Academic Compass: Learning Environments Survey
      2. CSU Learning & Teaching Space Utilisation Report (coming soon)
  • Work with relevant research relating to student/academic behaviours, learning and teaching in order to guide learning spaces design

2. The Learning Environments Committee (LEC)

  • This committee's role is to consider and endorse recommendations from the LTSIT. The Capital Planning Committee will need to approve funding/priority of recommended capital works within the context of the broader CSU Capital Plan. The LTSIT will develop a prioritised improvement plan for on-campus learning spaces.

The outcome of these two stages and relating documents coalesce into an agenda for reform of learning spaces which includes renovating existing spaces, building new spaces and the CSU Campus Learning Spaces Principles and Priorities document.