555 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, Quebec
Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- 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.
- 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.