Design Standards for University-Managed Classrooms
The Center for Teaching and Learning has developed a series of consistent, yet flexible design standards for the selection and placement of all classroom components. The standards are customized to fit the needs of the major department(s) in the building, to the extent possible within budget limitations. Decisions to add technology are based on campus needs, the extent and feasibility of the renovation required, and available funding. The Center for Teaching and Learning assesses campus needs for classroom technology by administering Classroom Evaluation Questionnaires each semester and by analyzing data gathered by the Office of the University Registrar.
Design standards for classroom technology include the following:
- Technology installed in University-managed classrooms is easy to control, with little set-up time, by someone who has not had extensive multimedia training.
- Multimedia components are set up in a similar way in each classroom, making it easy to use the multimedia no matter which of the classrooms the instructor is using.
- University-managed classrooms with full multimedia are equipped with PCs, DVD players, laptop connectivity, data projectors, network access, and touch-panel controls. Many of the University-managed classrooms also contain a digital document camera located in the ceiling or in the desk, and some contain a VCR and/or a SMART Board (an interactive whiteboard with a touch-sensitive display).
- Multimedia classrooms contain an instructor’s desk or podium that has been designed to facilitate technology use without losing functionality for more traditional teaching methods. The technology is located inside the instructor’s desk or podium and is controlled through a control panel on the desktop. The desk or podium is custom-built to suit the teaching needs of the major department(s), to fit the size of the room, and to match the existing décor.
To view descriptions and photos of each classroom, see the Classroom Directory.
For more information about the multimedia in the University-managed classrooms, see Classroom Multimedia.
Assessing your classroom needs
The Center for Teaching and Learning staff is available to consult with departments undertaking classroom renovation or construction projects.
Preparing for your design consultation
- Step 1: Survey the Faculty
Before department representatives meet with staff from The Center for Teaching and Learning, they should survey the faculty to learn how each faculty member will use the classrooms, asking questions such as: how do they conduct small group work? Or, how do you envision using instructional technology?
- Step 2: Meet with Center for Teaching and Learning Staff
The Center for Teaching and Learning staff will offer advice on the size and shape of the classroom, as well as its physical layout, with attention to the selection and placement of features in the room: from furniture to technology, chalkboards to flooring.