Dr. John Debs' Application Support Material

for an Australian Award for University Teaching: Award for Teaching Excellence

The Mike Gore Centre for Physics Education

From October 2015 to June 2016, due to my experience with studio-style, active-learning environments, I managed the design and refurbishment of over 500 sq. metres of teaching space to support our growing student numbers and changing delivery in physics at ANU. The space boasts a 100+ person Physics Studio for flipped, studio, and blended learning (~ 250 sq.m). Another 250 sq.m forms our "Drop-In Centre", a place for informal learning and study, that host drop-in style tutorials, and gives our students a vibrant, welcoming environment to study, relax, eat, and "play."

The entire space is situated opposite the ANU Makerspace and first-year teaching laboratories, sharing a new courtyard that sports a large chess set and the new ANU Farmbot project - a collaboration between the Makerspace and the Borovitz Lab from the Research School of Biology.

Recently, the University Council voted in favour of naming the precinct after Prof. Mike Gore, AO. Mike taught Physics at ANU for 25 years, and begun his work towards founding Questacon - the National Science Centre - in the very same spaces and building. Links between us and the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science remain strong.

Click on the menu link above to see a selection of photos from around the space.
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The new Mike Gore Centre floor plan. Open to all on campus, and a grass-roots initiative by the School of Physics and Engineering. The entire precinct forms a hub of innovative learning, with growing use and applications.