The Lourdes Hill College Centre for Innovation, Teaching Excellence and Leadership provides a suite of state-of-the art, flexible spaces to host a variety of professionals and community organisations.
The technology-enhanced, flexible design of the Centre supports collaborative professional learning, seminars, lectures and social functions. In its elevated position with exceptional views over the Brisbane river, CiTEL can be accessed independently of the school for out-of-hours and community functions.
CiTEL facilities include the following rooms and spaces. See Room Specifications for more detail on the room specifications and technology.
The Caritas Room (combined)
This large, dividable space, at full capacity, seats close to 100 people on group tables. The flexible, mobile furniture allows the room to be quickly transformed into a lecture-style presentation space, capable of seating 120. An operable wall divides the Caritas Room into two 48 seater spaces (Caritas 1 and Caritas 2, fully technology-enabled for seminars or collaborative activities).
The Veritas room
A 32 seater ‘experimental’ teaching space designed as a collaborative learning and work space.
The CiTEL Studio
A quiet space equipped with high end computer and recording equipment available to staff for the creation of their own digital learning resources. These resources include short lessons by screen casting, preparing professional presentations and recording and editing video and/or audio. The Studio is also fully equipped to a professional standard with lights, backdrop, video camera and tripod for capturing and creating video. The Studio plays a vital role in capturing practice, our teachers’ stories and for staff to create blended learning resources.
When CiTEL is not being used for scheduled activities during the school day, College staff can drop in and make use of the collaborative rooms and breakout spaces as quiet work spaces, for creative discussions and for small group work.
A fully equipped galley kitchen is available for use by staff and to support visitors’ functions.
With spectacular views over the Brisbane River, the Deck is the perfect space for informal collaboration, as well as catered functions.
Design principles of the buildings: The design and fitting out of the CiTEL buildings drew on cutting edge research into learning spaces. There was a deliberate focus on moving away from typical school classroom design creating and supporting an environment for effective ‘adult’ learning that would help prepare staff for teaching into the future.