Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks
- Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops)
- Acoustics: Acoustic design to avoid distaction from outside and inside sources
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for indiviual work. Intentional use of colour (on chairs, acoustical panels, wall splash and floor) to enliven the space.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: Students can move about classroom with ease due to wide aisle. Unobstructed sightlines.
- Furniture: Chairs rotate on posts, permitting students to turn and discuss with those nearby and thereby promoting face-to-face communication.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple conversations.
- Lighting/colour: Different lighting patterns and levels support different learning activities.
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: Instructor has easy access to all students due to unobstructed sightlines, wide aisle and only slightly sloped floor.
- Furniture: Low podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, and has a large surface for instructional materials.
- Technologies: Dual-source projection, multiple classroom technology sources (Computer, document camera, VCR, etc.) and multiple screens permit simultaneous display of different learning materials. Lecture recording permits students to review their in-class experience at any time.
- Acoustics: Sound zones ensure that not only are students able to hear the instructor, 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.
- University standards applied, including improvements to ventilation, lighting and IT consistent with teaching and learning needs.
- Designed for all populations using the space: room is well lit and includes 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.
Photograph before renovation