84 students per room
- Layout: Work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks.
- Furniture: Comfortable chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
- 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. “The Blueprint”, the Faculty of Engineering’s code of ethics, is displayed prominently on the back wall, to give students a sense of place.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: Flexible layout permits students to move easily from small group (groups of 2-4 students) to larger group activities.
- Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to easily turn to discuss and work with those next to or behind them. Lightweight chairs and flip-top tables allow for easy reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- Technologies: Glass writable boards wrap the room, providing ample shared workspace for student brainstorming, work on projects, and presenting.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Large frosted windowpanes bring in diffuse light.
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 supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Classroom technologies (data projector, document camera) 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.
- Lighting/colour: The combination of black-backed and white-backed glass writable walls provides contrast within 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 via natural and supplemental lighting; coat-hooks provided for outerwear. Standardized room controls permit instructors to become familiar with a system for managing the technology used in multiple classrooms.
- 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.