Alignment with Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces
- Layout: Students can work individually (or in teams) at rectangular tables with ample work surfaces for working on kinesiology problems, with plenty of space for notebooks, laptops, and textbooks.
- Furniture: Adjustable-height chairs with wheels for optimal comfort.
- Technologies: Access to infrastructure: networked printing. Access to resources: LMS, internet. Multiple sources (Sympodium, document camera) and screens for simultaneous display of different learning materials.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate overhead lighting for individual work during or outside of the laboratory session. A series of wall panels showing people in different stages of movement (sprinting, jumping) enlivens the space.
Learning with Peers
- Layout: A flexible layout with many lightweight, mobile tables allows reconfiguring the laboratory space in multiple ways. Students can move easily from small group to larger group portions of a laboratory assignment, as students at each table can work together as a group of 2 or 4, or tables can be joined for larger groups. Students are able to easily circulate in the classroom. Exercise equipment, machines and plinths are set up around the perimeter of the space. A separate clinical room is part of the space (accessible via an interior door), which permits students to work in teams with a patient or practice with one another, with a greater level of privacy.
- Furniture: The mobile group tables permit collaborative approaches to coursework, and improved communication (both verbally and line-of-sight). Chairs on wheels support student movement. The available exercise equipment, diagnostic machines and plinths form a key part of the students’ laboratory experience.
- Acoustics: Sound zones by table support multiple simultaneous conversations among students.
- Lighting/colour: Appropriate overhead lighting for group work during or outside of the laboratory session. Windows bring in ambient natural light.
Experiences with Faculty
- Layout: The instructor has a larger podium and a smaller, semi-mobile podium, to reduce hierarchy. The instructor has access to all students due to layouts that permit ample passing space, and clear sightlines.
- Furniture: Tables are easily accessible and have sufficient space surrounding them for the instructor to check in with a given group.
- Technologies: A primary projecting surface permits display of different learning materials (Sympodium, document camera).
- 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 pleasant environment and support multiple types of teaching 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, with room controls and equipment that 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.
- Teaching labs 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.