Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Substantial work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks
- Furniture: Comfortable chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
- Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops)
- Acoustics: Acoustic design to avoid distraction from outside and inside sources
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for individual work.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: Flexible layout permits students to move easily from small group (groups of 2-4 students) to larger group activities.
- Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby. Lightweight chairs and tables allow for easy reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- Technologies: Whiteboards wrap the room, providing ample shared workspace for student brainstorming, work on projects, and presenting.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Large windows bring in natural light.
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: Instructor is not limited to the “front of the room” and instead has access to all students due to easily mobile furniture.
- Furniture: The podium provides ample space for all instructional materials, and has a height adjustment for accessibility and convenience. Mobile furniture supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Classroom technology (data projector) permits display of different learning materials.
- Acoustics: Sound zones ensure that not only are students able to hear the instructor, but that the instructor is also able to hear the students.
- Lighting/colour: The refinished original wooden flooring, uncovered during construction, considerably lightens the room.
- University standards applied, IT consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture.
- Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, with natural and supplemental lighting, with standardized room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms.
- Classroom is designed for flexible future use (e.g., cabling permits instructor podium to be relocated in the future)
- Classrooms that incorporate elements of active and collaborative learning are part of a vision for campus learning spaces of many different sizes.
High-Impact Practices (HIPs)
- Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this classroom.