One of the core objectives of the Think Center project is to model, design, and develop active, versatile learning environments. The Think Center and Learning Enhancement Center are sponsoring several inspiring learning spaces for Southern Miss students. Collaborations are currently underway at the Hattiesburg campus with the College of Arts and Letters, Nursing, and Mass Communications and Journalism.
Watch for future news as we post more photos and information about transformative learning spaces at Southern Miss, including the Gulf Coast Think Center!
Liberal Arts Building: LAB205 Classroom
When the Think Center approached the College of Arts & Letters about piloting a progressive, flexible classroom, they quickly identified LAB 205. This space is a general purpose room with a challenging layout, stationary tables, and congested seating. We proposed a combination of tables, individual desks and instructor station – on casters – so everything is mobile to support a variety of needs including lecture, group work, large discussion, and more.
Elizabeth Harkins Hall: Nurse Anesthesia Program
After the newly launched Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) held several class sessions in the Think Center, faculty observed that the discussion was more dynamic in the Think Center facilities. As a result, program directors are creating a “satellite Think Center” in EHH117. With planning support from the Think Center and partially subsidized by the Learning Enhancement Center, the space is designed in clusters to encourage interaction and visibility among student without limiting movement or sacrificing comfort. This innovative classroom can transform to support a variety of instructional practices including large group interaction, small group collaborations, case studies, and immersive experiences.
College Hall: Mass Communication and Journalism
Two spaces in the recently renovated College Hall are being underwritten by the Learning Enhancement Center for the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. As a graduate student office, CH208 will feature modular equipment to enable graduate assistants to work independently, tutor or assist undergraduates, and come together as a group. Additionally, the third floor landing is being equipped to allow students a space to collaborate, study, meet informally, or simply touch down between classes.