Strathcona Music C201


555 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, Quebec


60 students

Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces

Academic Challenge

  • Layout: Students can easily access seats due to the flip-up chairs in each row of seating. Each table has ample work surfaces for classroom materials (e.g., notebooks, laptops, and textbooks).
  • Furniture: The room contains a piano. Flip-up seating allows for multiple options for users requiring accessible seating. 
  • Technologies & access to resources: LMS, internet. Two sources and two screens for simultaneous display different learning materials. Professional quality audio playback. 
  • Lighting/colour: Appropriate overhead lighting permits individual work during or outside of laboratory and class sessions.

Learning with Peers

  • Layout: Tiered seating allows for students to see all projection surfaces. Students are able to easily circulate in the classroom due to sufficient passing space between seating rows.
  • Acoustics: Sound zones support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.

Experiences with Faculty

  • Layout: Instructor’s podium has plenty of space for all equipment and for the instructor’s materials. The instructor has access to all students due to a layout that permits ample passing space, and clear sightlines. 
  • Furniture: Seating rows are easily accessible.
  • Technologies: Two projecting surfaces display of different learning materials at the same time (e.g., from the document camera, instructor’s computer).
  • 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 provide a bright, pleasant environment and support multiple types of teaching and learning tasks.

Campus Environment

  • University standards have been applied. IT is consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture contributes to sustainability efforts.
  • Designed for all populations using the space: well-lit; room controls and equipment meets the needs of the students and instructors.
  • Standardized room controls permit instructors to become familiar with a system for managing the technology used in multiple classrooms.

High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

  • Both physical and virtual affordances help maximize HIPs for student learning within and beyond this teaching lab.


IT Instructions


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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