The modern classroom doesn’t look much like the traditional one. Giant interactive screens bring information wherever it’s needed. Walls are pushed out of the way to open up space and conversation. Groups of students solve problems in all kinds of ways – at specially built collaborative labs, sitting around tables using whiteboards or lounging on cheerful seating in bright atriums.
With the wide-open spaces and cutting-edge technology at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the brand-new Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex, UCalgary is creating spaces that help advance how we teach and learn.
Classrooms and buildings across campus are being transformed to provide more room for peer-to-peer learning and technologies. These optimized spaces are making it easier to create new, more engaging learning experiences for students, from ‘speed dating’ to pick teammates to taking time to sit quietly after discussing a difficult history.