Stewart Biology Building S3-3

Stewart Biology Building room S3/3​​


1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue


100 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Large tablet work surface for notebooks, laptops, or textbooks
  • Furniture: Comfortable tablet chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
  • Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops). Dual-source projection and multiple screens permit simultaneous display of different learning materials.
  • Acoustics: Acoustic design to avoid distraction from outside and inside sources
  • Lighting/colour: Appropriate lighting for individual work.  

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Flexible layout permits students to move easily from small group to larger group activities.
  • Furniture: Tablet chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby, or to easily form small groups of two or four. Such easy reconfiguration of the classroom supports a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
  • Technologies: Boards around the classroom provide shared workspace for student brainstorming, work on projects, and presenting.
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
  • Lighting/colour: Lighting fixtures provide pleasant lighting and windows bring in natural light.

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, which can be set up in multiple configurations (e.g., pairs, small groups, or facing front) according to the pedagogical activity and goals.
  • Furniture: The podium provides ample space for all instructional materials, and has a height adjustment for accessibility and convenience. Mobile furniture supports different teaching strategies.
  • Technologies: Classroom technology (data projector, document camera, Blu-Ray/DVD) 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. Instructor wired and wireless microphones are available.
  • Lighting/colour: Colours distinguish purposes: different coloured flooring clearly marks space for an aisle for a traditional furniture set-up, to ensure the instructor has access to students. 

Campus Environment

  • University standards applied, IT consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture.
  • Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, with natural and supplemental lighting, with standardized room controls to facilitate use of multiple classrooms.
  • Classroom is designed for flexible future use (e.g., cabling permits instructor podium to be relocated in the future)
  • 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


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