72 students per room
Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Students can work individually or in groups at tables with ample space for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks.
- Furniture: Comfortable, adjustable, ergonomically approved chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
- Technologies: Access to resources: Learning Management System, internet (via student laptops). Multiple sources (Sympodium, document camera) and screens for simultaneous display of different learning materials. Lecture recording permits individual review of course materials after attending class.
- Acoustics: Design includes acoustic panels to avoid distraction.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for individual work.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: A flexible layout permits students to collaborate with one another and configure the space in multiple ways, moving easily from small group (groups of 3-6 students) to larger group activities.
- Furniture: Comfortable, adjustable-height chairs on wheels permit students to turn to discuss and work with those next to or behind them. Mobile chairs and tables allow for reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- Technologies: Glass writable boards are available around the room, providing ample shared workspace for student brainstorming, work on projects, and presenting. Students can share their laptop screen wirelessly to the classroom projector screens.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Tall ceilings, natural light and appropriate overhead lighting create a spacious environment with ample light for group work. Bright green chairs bring an energizing accent colour to this space.
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 for students supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Classroom technologies (data projector, document camera, sympodium, wireless screen sharing) 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. Wired and wireless instructor microphones are available.
- Lighting/colour: The wood-paneled walls and brightly coloured chairs help to provide a welcoming ambiance in the room.
- University standards have been applied. IT is consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture contributes to sustainability efforts.
- Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, with a standardized room control panel that simplifies instructors’ use of equipment in classrooms across campus.
- Classrooms that incorporate elements of active and collaborative learning are part of a vision for a variety of flexible campus learning spaces.
High-Impact Practices (HIPs)
- Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this classroom.