Tue, March 31, 2020

Incredible facilities are one thing, but as the current COVID-19 pandemic is proving, they are only one component of the educational journey.

Sheldon College has a proven track record of developing highly innovative virtual and physical learning environments that complement the quality academic programs on offer across the College. For some years now our teachers have been creating immersive experiences including virtual exhibitions and videoconferencing, in addition to connecting our learners to participants outside the classroom. 

These skills that teachers and students have been deploying on campus are now being called upon for remote learning. 

The College’s philosophy on learning space design, centres around our Student Exit Outcomes and providing opportunities to enhance the future learning capabilities of our students. The LINQ Precinct is where the journey begins.

This time five years ago, Sheldon College marked the beginning of a new educational era with the opening of the College’s LINQ (Learning and Innovation for a New Queensland) Precinct, the first building of its kind within the Redlands. 

The $15 million education centre was formally opened on 20 March 2015, in a special ceremony attended by Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove. 

Built over two storeys, the LINQ Precinct boasts robotics and engineering workshops, computer-aided design laboratories, a large and versatile lecture theatre, industry-leading film and television studios, along with a dedicated entrepreneurial hub enabling students to progress a project from original design concept through to production, marketing and dispatch. 

This state-of-the-art facility continues to provide students with a globally connected, digital learning environment with ample opportunities for them to become Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. One only needs to look to some of the Alumni students for the proof. 

To augment the LINQ Precinct, approximately 12 months ago, the College officially opened its ArtScapes Facility. Much like the official opening ceremony for the LINQ Precinct, ArtScapes was also opened by Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove during another moving and enjoyable ceremony. A major facet of the ArtScapes facility includes purpose-built 2D and 3D Digital Arts areas featuring a custom-built Mixed Reality Lab and also a custom-built interactive touch screen wall, termed The Learning Galaxy.

Coupled together, these facilities continue to provide students with the highest quality learning opportunities, thereby enabling them to prepare for remote learning and beyond.