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Type: Conference paper
Title: Hub Central: utilising co-created ‘space design’ to foster a sense of belonging across diverse First Year student groups
Author: Reberger, H.
Citation: Papers, 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference 2014, 2014, pp.1-5
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Issue Date: 2014
Conference Name: 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (6 Jul 2014 - 9 Jul 2014 : Darwin, N.T.)
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Hedley Reberger
Abstract: Hub Central is an area of 10,500 square metres that has built its own unique community that embraces diverse interaction and supports the first year experience. Students were used in the co-creation of a space that has been designed to promote academic achievement by enhancing the student experience. By reflecting on their own needs, roles and contributions, a space has been delivered that is multifunctional, allows repurposing and fosters students developing their own approaches to interaction. A space largely with a philosophy of self management by students and filled with staff that are student centric has resulted in a community with an overall heightened sense of awareness and empathy towards the goals of their peers. The Hub includes 11 bookable student project rooms, 13 student projects booths, 290 fixed student computers, training rooms, Wi-Fi, a student kitchen, 3 commercial food outlets, a general store, the Maths Learning, PASS and Writing Centres and Student and IT Support Services operating extended hours (8am to 10pm weekdays, 10am to 5pm weekends). The collocation of all this has provided a greater feeling of belonging and encouraged the students to interact in diverse groups beyond the classroom. The paper aims to provide real world examples to encourage discussion of how ‘space’ can be designed and utilised for fostering a sense of belonging for first year students.
Keywords: Learning Space; Hub Central
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