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Macdonald Stewart 2-028/029


21111 Lakeshore Rd.


48 students in one room, or 24 students in each of two smaller rooms


Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks: large, shared tables
  • Furniture: Comfortable furniture: adjustable, ergonomically approved chairs
  • Technologies: Access to infrastructure: power for student laptops, student desktop computers, networked printing. Access to resources: LMS, internet (via desktops or student laptops)
  • Acoustics: Appropriate acoustic treatment helps to avoid distraction
  • Lighting/colour: Appropriate overhead and natural lighting for individual work; classroom benefits from large windows.

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Promote face-to-face communication: oblong tables encourage students to communicate with one another in groups of up to 8. Individuals can move about easily, and sight lines are unobstructed.
  • Furniture: Flexible seating (chairs on wheels)
  • Technologies: Shared workspaces (writable walls throughout the room to collaboratively brainstorm and share ideas; screen-sharing is also available).
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations at student tables.

Experiences with Faculty

  • Layout: Easy access to all students: Instructor podium is small and central; due to open layout the instructor can circulate from table to table. 
  • Furniture: Small podium does not interfere with sightlines, movement and interaction. Mobile chairs support different teaching strategies (e.g., group work in various sizes, student presentations, etc.)
  • Technologies: Dual-source projection and multiple classroom technology sources (Smartboard, document camera, instructor computer) and multiple screens permit simultaneous display of different learning materials. 
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations.   
  • Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns to support multiple types of teaching tasks.

Campus Environment

  • University standards applied, including natural light and sustainable building practices. A retractable wall accommodates flexible class sizes.
  • Designed for all populations using the space, with natural light, plenty of room to circulate between tables, standardized room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms.

High-Impact Practices

  • Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this classroom.

IT Instructions

https://classroom-av.ncs.mcgill.ca/?buildingId=47&roomId=335; https://classroom-av.ncs.mcgill.ca/?buildingId=47&roomId=334

Photographs before renovation

Photographs before renovation

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