24 students per room, with breakout rooms
Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- 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, networked printing, 1:1 laptops for students at tables; access to resources: LMS, internet (via lab-provided or personal laptops)
- Lighting / colour: Appropriate overhead and natural lighting for individual work
Learning with Peers
- Layout: Promotes face-to-face communication: oblong tables encourage students to communicate with one another in groups of up to 6; individuals can move about easily, and sight lines are unobstructed.
- Furniture: Flexible seating (chairs on wheels)
- Technologies: Shared workspaces (writable walls throughout the room, each table has its own screen to work on); low-tech videoconferencing via an installed camera that permits bridging to another location with Skype, Adobe Connect, etc. allows student to interact with external participants (1279).
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations at student tables.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate overhead and natural lighting for individual and group work
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: Easy access to all students: Instructor can easily move around the room with a small mobile podium and can circulate from table to table.
- The small podium does not interfere with sightlines, movement and interaction, while a wall shelf provides extra space for instructional materials. 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 (instructor computer, document camera, lab laptops, Smartboard) and multiple screens permit simultaneous display of different learning materials.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations.
- Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.
- University standards applied, including natural light, and sustainable building practices
- Designed for all populations using the space, with natural light, plenty of room to circulate among tables and standardized room controls that allow instructors to become familiar with a system used in multiple classrooms; storage for student outerwear
- Active Learning Classrooms are part of a vision for campus learning spaces.
High-Impact Practices (HIPs)
- Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this classroom.