Saturday, March 09, 2013

Offer coursework students space at the university?

Last Tuesday I attended the Sydney Educational Technology (SydEduTech) Group at the Fishburners Sydney Co-working Space. This is a non-profit cooperative which provides low cost office space to new start-up businesses. It occurred to me that for $3,600 per year the Fishburner member gets a similar amount of desk space to a university PHD student. Perhaps universities could expand their postgraduate office areas, re-brand it "innovation space" and offer it "free" to postgraduate coursework students. Full time students enrolled in "innovation" courses would get their own dedicated desk (the innovation courses would consist of something like "Innovation ACT", plus some assessment and supervision). Part time students would get a set number of hot desk hours per month, per course.

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