This Active Learning Classrooms (36 capacity)Enables instructors to better interact with students
Furniture and technology set-up allow students to work in small groups, which takes advantage of cooperative learning techniques and helps students form learning groups Active Learning Classrooms (72 capacity)
Creates a cooperative learning environment that encourages students to collaborate with peers by questioning and teaching one another
Previously, students were provided only enough personal space for their textbook (or other instructional material) and notebooks for note taking. With the introduction of laptop computers on college campuses and in the curriculum of many courses, students need additional workspace to allow for the laptop computer, as well as for traditional instructional materials and notebooks. At a minimum, an 18” deep work surface is required to accommodate laptop computersFurniture is all on wheels, 2-way video conference, laptop cart in room
Flexible space – everything is on wheels, even the small whiteboard
Other space-related trends in education include a greater emphasis on interactivity among students within the classroom and a heightened priority on good sightlines for presentation of audiovisual materials.Writing class – lots of group work in the class. Flat screens allow for group review of the writing.
Multipurpose room – lecture, demo, and clinic
Center for Science, Education, and Technology
To facilitate interactivity among students, many classrooms are incorporating a “case study” design wherein curved tables are arranged on tiered rows. Other teaching models encourage loose furnishings that can be rearranged to allow for small group learning within the classroom.This lecture hall is not as steep, making it more intimate. It is also more flexible than a traditional lecture hall because the seats can rotate so front row students can turn around and work with the row behind them. Also the U shape makes classroom discussion easier.
Another lecture hall, but this is a “ballroom” in which all the furniture is moveable. It is completely flexible, but allows for a large number of students.
We will look at a few classroom layouts as a group then spend the rest of the time in smaller groups looking at specific layouts.
Flexible room design allows classrooms to keep pace with changing course requirements and pedagogyflexibility in room size and capacityflexibility in classroom technologyflexibility in furnitureNotice where the instructor stands in relationship to the classroom, notice where the front of the classroom is in relation to the student positions.
Allows instructors to coach students during activities by assisting them in answering their own questionsAllows students to present their results to the class for review by peers and instructorsNotice screen placement and the “front” of the room
Image from http://www.eypaedesign.com/project.php?subj=1&page=1&project=58Walls, doors, dividers can be writing surfaces
Quotes<br />“While it is difficult
to build the perfect classroom, a flexible classroom comes close.” (Leiboff)<br />Classrooms should be conceived as spaces that can, should, and inevitably must change (within certain parameters) over time. (Leiboff)<br />