Learning Spaces FAQs and Top Tips

Briefly, what do I need to know and what can I do now?

The FAQs in this section summarise responses from our academic community to different themes based on an FAQ survey methodology. We run the surveys several times a year.

Making the learning space work for you

Teaching and learning are affected by the physical layout of the classrooms. This is particularly noticeable in generic pool classrooms where the default layouts often constrain academics to teacher-centred approaches. Heavy tables and chairs do not make it easy to adapt rooms to engage students in different ways.Furniture is steadily being upgraded, but this takes time. Porters can be engaged to help arrange classrooms. Contact the Facilities

The University has made a commitment to upgrade rooms and furniture in the Flexible Classrooms Protocol but this takes time. Porters can be engaged to change classroom layouts. Contact the Facilities helpdesk on ext 4444 or by emailing ! FD customer services.

Consider the fitness of the room for learning and make adjustments. Ensure there are clear lines of sight between yourself your and students, and between the students and displays. Heat, light, ventilation, noise can have a significant impact on student engagement and their learning and should be adjusted where possible.

Check that your students can hear properly if windows are open and that lighting is sufficient for making notes and viewing screens. This may involve changing light and sound levels during the class as activities change.

What can I do to create a space that reflects the course identity?

The next FAQ activity will run in October 2017 on the theme of ‘Zoning – developing course space and social spaces’. Please suggest questions you would like to see addressed in this activity.