Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Substantial work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks
- Furniture: Comfortable chairs on wheels permit students to work individually or in groups.
- Technologies: Access to resources: LMS, internet (via student laptops)
- 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: Chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby. Lightweight chairs and tables on wheels allow for easy reconfiguration of the classroom to support a variety of collaborative learning approaches.
- Technologies: Whiteboards wrap the room, providing ample shared workspace for student brainstorming, work on projects, and presenting.
- Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: New 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 according to the pedagogical activity and goals.
- Furniture: A small, mobile podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, while still being large enough for all instructional materials. An additional wall shelf is provided for instructional materials. Mobile furniture supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, data projector, etc.) 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 applied, IT consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture.
- Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit, 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.