An innovative space to enable students and staff to explore and develop the use of technology across the arts has had a big impact at the University of Lincoln.
Launched in October last year, the College of Arts Digital Crit Room enables students and tutors to critique work in an interactive and flexible learning space.
The room was developed to enhance the student experience, transforming the way that students and tutors use technology to display and critique work, as well as reducing their printing costs.
The project was led by Gyles Lingwood, Director of Education for the College of Arts, who recognised the need for creative teaching and learning spaces that reflect the workplaces of the creative industries today
The design of the Digital Crit Room reflects the particular needs of the users and ensures that the technology is an integral part of the learning space.
The room is virtually furniture-free, featuring a false wall to store chairs and equipment for when required. The space features two 84” multi-touch screens on which users can display and re-size multiple pieces of work without the need to print any documents.
Other features of the room include: HD projector, Blue-Ray player and speakers, a magnetic wall made from metallic plaster, customisable LED lighting and coloured carpet tiles to define activity zones and encourage movement within the learning space.
One year on from its launch, the Digital Crit Room has been used for more than 400 teaching sessions across all Schools within the College of Arts. Feedback from both staff and students has been incredibly positive, and the project was awarded the ‘Best Impact on the Student Experience Award 2016’ by the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union.
Commenting on the success of the project, Gyles Lingwood said: “The thinking and values developed through the Digital Crit Room project are now influencing other refurbishment projects across the University’s Brayford Pool campus, where highly-specified digitally enhanced shared learning spaces are being created.
“Rather than simply duplicating the space of the Digital Crit Room itself, these new spaces are being informed by the design ethos, values, thinking and processes behind its creation and, to put it simply, it’s incredibly exciting!”
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