Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Large tablet work surface for notebooks, laptops, or textbooks
- Furniture: Lightweight chairs 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: Lightweight chairs permit students to turn and discuss with those nearby, and 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: Large windows bring in natural light, and lighting fixtures provide additional light.
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: Instructor is not limited to the “front of the room” and instead has access to all students due to mobile furniture and multiple aisles between the chairs. Chairs can be set up in different configurations according to the pedagogical activity and goals.
- Furniture: A small podium does not interfere with sightlines or movement, while still being large enough for all instructional materials. Mobile furniture supports different teaching strategies.
- Technologies: Multiple classroom technology sources (document camera, data projector, Sympodium, Blu-Ray/DVD, 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; brightly coloured chairs visually add to the space.
- University standards applied, IT consistent with teaching and learning needs, and durable furniture. Coat hooks on walls permit storage of outerwear and bags.
- 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.