Resources for Faculty Teaching in Redesigned Classrooms
In my last Provost's update (June 2014), I provided a detailed update on the learning space redesign and the master planning processes. This past summer, Kenna 109, O'Connor 110, and O'Connor 210 were renovated. Faculty who have been assigned to teach in those rooms ( and the previous pilot classrooms, Graham 163 and 164, Varsi 114, O'Connor 204, Engineering 602, and Alumni Science 220) will have an opportunity to learn more about the features of their classrooms and how the new designs can support teaching and learning. Information will be available in early September.
In addition to the pilot classroom initiative, other recent improvements in classroom design and scheduling have also had a positive impact. In response to faculty feedback the University redesigned Kenna 102 to transform a classroom with limited usability into a far more functional learning space enabling more faculty to teach in the room. And the shift in the Tuesday-Thursday schedule has been effective in increasing utilization in the earliest time period. These changes in time and design have helped to create greater flexibility and have allowed the University to better meet the demand for more classroom space, even as new buildings are designed and constructed with additional learning spaces.