SADB 1/12


3640 University St


94 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • 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.

Campus Environment

  • 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.


IT Instructions

Photograph before renovation

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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