While visiting @UniversitySA for the Moodle Mahara Meetup 2015 I took the opportunity to snap some pics of useful space ideas.
1) Extra power points on the tables so people don't have to choose between
powering their own device or using the local computer.
2) Monitors that are touch enabled plus fold down out of the way so
you can collaborate with your group without having to stand up or lean to the side.
3) The space below doesn't have moveable tables and moveable screens, which means
it's always left the same state for the next person (maybe the chairs need moving a bit).
Also the walls are lined with opaque glass (cheaper than special paint?).
In addition Smart provides the touch and pen interactive monitor's seen on the walls, they work like any IWB but can any content a regular TV/Monitor could.
4) Power to the people - all of the spaces in the building we were in have extra power points dotted
around the place so people can keep working on their devices.
In addition to these ideas the building also had a one stop support bar for students, it included support for:
- Academic Skills
- Learning environments
And if they couldn't help, dedicated terminals were placed around the place allowing students to Skype with someone off site who could help.
All very nifty IMHO.