Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Oversized tablet work surfaces attached to chairs provide ample space for classroom materials (e.g., notebooks, laptops, textbooks). Mobile furniture permits rapid room reconfiguration for different learning activities.
- Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
- Technologies: Access to resources: Learning Management System, internet (via student laptops). Power outlets allow students to keep their computers charged during class.
- Acoustics: Acoustic design mitigates distraction from outside and inside sources.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate natural and overhead 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 2-4 students where the chairs’ tablets together make a table surface) to larger group activities.
- Furniture: Comfortable chairs on wheels permit students to turn to discuss and work with those next to or behind them, and allow for reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- Technologies: Shared workspaces include multiple blackboards.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate natural and overhead lighting gives ample light for group work; 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: A data projector permits 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: 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. Integrated storage under each tablet chair allows students to store personal belongings within easy reach.
- 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.