Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Oversized tablet work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, or textbooks
- Furniture: Comfortable chairs permit students to work individually or in pairs with students nearby.
- Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops). Lecture recording permits individual review of course materials after attending class. 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. Large, modern Periodic Table of Elements on the wall is also reflected in the colour of the seats, making the room more pleasant and reflecting the fact that many chemistry courses take place within this room/building.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: Students can move about classroom with ease due to multiple aisles. Unobstructed sightlines.
- Furniture: Armless chairs allow students to more easily turn and discuss in pairs or small groups, supporting a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- 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 is not limited to the “front of the room” and instead has access to all students due to unobstructed sightlines and the aisles.
- Furniture: The podium does not interfere with movement, and has a very large surface for instructional materials.
- Technologies: Dual-source projection, multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, data projector, Sympodium, etc.) and multiple screens 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: Lighting patterns support multiple types of teaching tasks.
- University standards have been applied, including improvements to lighting and IT consistent with teaching and learning needs.
- Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, with 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.