LTSE Major Projects Contemporary Learning Spaces

Contemporary Learning Spaces

Small teaching group at table in new teaching room in Townsville.

At James Cook University face-to-face and on-campus delivery, including the promotion of place-based learning at our tropical and world heritage located campuses and field locations, are an important aspect of the JCU student experience. Our campuses offer contemporary learning spaces that range from formal spaces including lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, practical laboratories and smaller, collaborative spaces, to connected classrooms that link students across our region and beyond. Contemporary learning spaces encourage active  and collaborative learning experiences. These spaces need to be flexible to allow teachers and students to adapt to a range of learning approaches.

For practical information about booking rooms, videoconferencing and other resources, download the Quick Guide to Learning Spaces at JCU.


Connected classrooms

Videoconferencing and Audio Visual Services (VAVS) manage equipment and technology support services that connect around 125 teaching and videoconferencing venues on the Cairns and Townsville campuses and smaller study centres. To find out more about teaching venues and equipment, how to book videoconferencing  services and how to request training, visit Videoconferencing and Audio Visual Services. VAVS works with teachers to make the most of these state-of-the-art facilities.

Effective teaching by videoconference: An OLT research project, At the COAL FACE, developed a suite of resources to assist staff in effective teaching in a multi-campus environment. See the project website at

Award winning collaborative learning spaces

The award winning Education Central building in Townsville houses both JCU’s Student Services and the College of Arts, Society and Education. Large scale active learning spaces support contemporary methods of learning and technology enabled active learning (TEAL). Student Services functions follow  a student-led / staff-assisted model of service that was developed specifically for JCU.

  • Walter & Oliver Tunbridge Award for Building of the Year and Regional Commendation for Public Architecture at the 2014 AIA North Queensland Regional Awards (award details)

  • CEFPI National Awards 2014 Category 2, New construction facility (award details)


The Blended Learning and Innovation team (in the Directorate of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement) offers academic development support for staff on the effective use of learning spaces and learning technology.

There is a growing range of self-help resources for staff (see below). The Directorate can support the transition of staff and students to new learning spaces.