688 Sherbrooke 1279/1285


688 Sherbrooke


24 students per room, with breakout 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, 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. 

Campus Environment

  • 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.  


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McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

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