(2) Redesign of a Typical University Classroom
The Problem: Typical classroom design is inadequate in promoting active and problem-based learning. Current configurations are fairly traditional, consisting of a blackboard in the front facing rows of tables and chairs or individual desks. The current trend in engineering education is to move away from these traditional methods where an instructor lectures and students take notes, to one where students are more active participants. Active learning as well as problem-based education has been shown to improve student retention and comprehension of the new concepts brought forth by the instructor. Most classroom configurations are neither suitable, nor sufficiently flexible to accommodate many of the activities that instructors would like to do.
Redesign a classroom setting with sufficient flexibility to accommodate educational activities such as: traditional lectures, presentations, demonstrations, active learning (performed in teams, in pairs, or individually), computer usage, security, and storage, in order to enhance and facilitate learning.