Leacock 219


855 Sherbrooke Street West


187 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks: large, flip-top desk surfaces
  • Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops)
  • Acoustics: Acoustic design to avoid distraction from outside and inside sources
  • Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for individual work. Intentional use of colour (on acoustical panels) to enliven the space.

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Students can move about classroom with ease due to multiple aisles. Unobstructed sightlines.
  • Furniture: Seating without arm-rests permits students to turn and discuss with those nearby, promoting face-to-face communication 
  • 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 has easy access to all students due to multiple aisles and unobstructed sightlines.
  • Furniture: Long, low podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, and has a large surface for instructional materials.
  • Technologies: Dual-source projection and multiple classroom technology sources (Computer, document camera, VCR, etc.) and multiple screens permit simultaneous display of different learning materials; multiple screens ensure that all students are able to see projected materials clearly.
  • 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 and wired audio amplification available for instructors.
  • Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.

Campus Environment

  • University standards applied, including improvements to ventilation, accessibility guidelines, and IT consistent with teaching and learning needs.
  • Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, sufficient storage space under chairs, with a motorized wheelchair lift and standardized 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.


IT Instructions


Photographs before renovation

Photograph before renovation


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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