A variety of pedagogies lend themselves to small, medium and large classroom configurations. Technology, furniture and room layout considerations support multiple teaching and learning styles. Here are some teaching tips for teaching in the various classrooms that we have.

Features Large Medium Small


>100 50 - 100 <50
Traditional lecture      
Movie / AV presentations      
Class-wide discussion with a microphone      
Artifact sharing with a document camera       
Realtime student response systems      
Class-wide discussion      
Small group presentation      
Group breakout session      
Small group activities      
Pair-share discussion      
Seminar-style group discussion      
Individual activities      



Range of articles related to Pedadogies and learning techniques available.

How Active Learning Spaces Support an Evolving Pedagogy
In contrast to lecture-style courses, which leave limited time for student participation and discussion, active learning emphasizes student questions and interaction.

Rethinking the Classroom
If active and collaborative learning and teaching is more effective than lecture methods and individually based learning, why haven’t classroom environments changed to support them?

A Space for Learning
A review of research on active learning spaces

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