McConnell Engineering 12


3480 University St.



Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Mobile tables provide substantial work surfaces for notebooks, laptops and textbooks.
  • Furniture: Comfortable, adjustable-height chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
  • Technologies: Access to resources (e.g., LMS, internet) and to wall-mounted power outlets for student laptops.
  • Acoustics: Acoustic design prevents distraction from outside and inside sources.
  • Lighting/colour: Pleasant overhead and natural light for individual work. Complementary colours subtly brighten up the classroom.

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Re-configurable tables promote face-to-face or side-by-side communication in small student groups. Individuals can move about easily, and sightlines are unobstructed.
  • Furniture: Flexible seating: mobile, lightweight tables and chairs on wheels permit efficient, quiet re-configuration of the classroom space for students to work together in pairs or small groups.
  • Technologies: Shared workspaces: Students have access to multiple whiteboards around the room to collaboratively brainstorm and share ideas.
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations.
  • Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns support different activities.

Experiences with Faculty

  • Layout: Easy access to all students via multiple aisles and furniture set-up possibilities, and unobstructed sightlines.
  • Furniture: Podium doesn't interfere with sightlines, movement and interaction, while still being large enough for all instructional materials. Flexible furniture (mobile, lightweight chairs and tables) supports different teaching strategies.
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations.
  • Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.

Campus Environment

  • University standards applied, including use of natural light and durable furniture.
  • Designed to meet the needs of all populations using the space, with ergonomically tested, adjustable-height chairs, storage for outerwear, and standardized room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms.
  • Flexible, flat classrooms that can support a variety of teaching and learning approaches (from lectures to small group or individual work, for example) are part of an overarching vision of the campuses' diverse learning space needs.

High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

  • Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this classroom.  


IT instructions

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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