Stewart N2/2

Stewart Biology N2/2 (2007)


1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue


118 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Substantial work surfaces for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks
  • Furniture: Comfortable, adjustable-height 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. Intentional use of colour (on floor) to enliven the space.

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Two rows of tables per tier enable team configurations where students in the first row of each tier turn around to work with those behind them, promoting face-to-face or side-by-side communication in small student groups. Students can move about classroom with ease due to multiple aisles.
  • Furniture: Chairs on wheels permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby.
  • 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 has easy access to all students due to multiple aisles and unobstructed sightlines.
  • Furniture: Smaller podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, while still being large enough for all instructional materials. Flexible furniture (mobile, lightweight chairs) supports different teaching strategies.
  • Technologies: Multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, data projector, DVD/VCR, 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. 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 new ventilation, 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.


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