30 students / 22 students / 36 students = 88 students
Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Permits students to work individually or in small teams around each plinth (physical therapy bed).
- Furniture: Comfortable, height-adjustable chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in small groups. Adjustable plinths ensure that the patient (or fellow student) is comfortable.
- Technologies: Access to resources: 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: Flexible layout permits students to move easily from small group to larger group activities.
- Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby, and allow for easy reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches (e.g., from small group work at the plinths to seeing how another student or professor is working with a patient.)
- Technologies: Videoconferencing between three classrooms permits students to see what students in another location are working on.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Large windows bring in natural light.
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: Instructor is not limited to the “front of the room” and instead has access to all students due to a layout that permits sufficient passing space, and chairs that can move easily.
- Furniture: The podium is large enough for all instructional materials. Mobile furniture supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, LCD/plasma screen) permit display of different learning materials. Videoconferencing allows instructors and students to communicate with one another between teaching laboratory spaces, both within and beyond the university.
- 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.
- Lighting/colour: Lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.
- 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 standardized and connected room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms.
- 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.