Bronfman 410

Bronfman 410


1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest


55 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Substantial work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks
  • Furniture: Comfortable, adjustable-height chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
  • Technologies: Access to resources: Tabletop plugs for student laptops, LMS, internet (via student laptops). Multiple sources and screens for simultaneous display of different learning materials.
  • Acoustics: Acoustic design to avoid distraction from outside and inside sources
  • Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for individual work.  

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Students can move about classroom with ease due to centre and side aisles. Unobstructed sightlines.
  • Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby, supporting a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
  • Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns and levels support different learning activities.

Experiences with Faculty

  • Layout: Instructor is not limited to the “front of the room” and instead has access to all students due to unobstructed sightlines, side aisles and an only slightly sloped floor.
  • Furniture: The podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, and has a large surface for instructional materials. Chairs on wheels support different teaching strategies.
  • Technologies: Dual-source projection, multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, data projector, computer, Sympodium, Blu-Ray/DVD player, etc.) and multiple screens permit 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. Wireless audio amplification available for instructors.
  • Lighting/colour: Lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.

Campus Environment

  • University standards have been applied, including improvements to lighting and IT consistent with teaching and learning needs.
  • Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, with standardized room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms. Slope of room was reduced to increase ease of movement within the space.
  • 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.


IT instructions

Photograph before renovation

Before photo of Bronfman 451


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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