If you were growing your knowledge of God through theological education, would you want to sit in crowded and uninspiring rooms?
In recent years Moore College has welcomed up to 600 students annually. The continued popularity of the College among students as the preferred choice in theological education presents several challenges. The lack of existing teaching space means each year it is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate the robust variety of needs of a large undergraduate student body with students in their final years or those completing a Masters of Theology or a PhD. Right now the Knox Lecture Theatre and the Upper TC Hammond Room are no longer able to accommodate class sizes of 130 or more.
With investment in additional teaching space Moore College can further fellowship on campus, gain greater operating efficiencies and support teacher training initiatives. This investment will provide faculty an appropriate space for teaching and students a sympathetic environment to grow in their knowledge of God.
The establishment of new teaching spaces will be a significant step in moving the College forward.At the centre of this new lecture space will be a large Assembly Hall which will enable, for the first time, the entire student body to gather in one place on campus to pray, reflect and learn. It will also provide a permanent home for our Graduation ceremonies.
The addition of another large lecture theatre with seating for up to 225 students is urgently needed. This lecture theatre will have the flexibility to be divided into 2 smaller lecture rooms.
In addition up to 4 smaller classrooms or "learning commons" will be built. These spaces, able to accommodate up to 40 students will be used for teaching. The "learning commons" will be sufficiently versatile spaces so they can also be used for Bible study groups, or faculty to enhance teacher training or individuals who need space to further their studies.
What impact will new teaching space have?
It will have a profound impact. When completed students will no longer need to assist with setting up and breaking down of lecture rooms; a common practice which occurs each week. The result is some students will gain up to 1 week of lecture time over the course of a year. For Undergraduates, who are currently disrupted several times each year to accommodate students completing their Masters in Theology, their timetables will no longer be negatively impacted.
New teaching space will:
- Provide one large lecture theatre each for students in 1st, 2nd
- and 3rd Year. These lecture theatres will be available everyday
- Bring faculty under one roof which will increase collaboration and improve student outcomes
- Incorporate appropriate environmental controls so students do not sweat in summer and freeze in winter
- Remove current classroom issues of poor acoustics, obstructed views and exposed wiring
- Address the need for more power points so students can better utilise their own technology in the classroom
- Reduce pressure on student timetables.