In partnership with Facilities Services, Academic ITS installed new flexible furniture in the Miller 205 experimental classroom before the spring 2017 semester. During the term, two Biology courses and an American Studies course used the classroom. Student and faculty feedback was positive.
The furniture is purpose-built for collaborative, active learning style classrooms which require the flexibility to quickly rearrange the layout. The tablet-arm chairs are on casters and may be rotated 360-degrees. There is a tray beneath each chair for students to stash their backpacks to get them out of the way and to bring them along as they move the chairs around the room into different configurations or breakout areas. The desk surfaces are large enough to fit a laptop computer and a notebook or handout and are comfortable for both right and left handers.
Faculty members interested in learning more about the current configuration of the experimental classroom may contact Jason Parkhill (firstname.lastname@example.org | x4213). The classroom is available for regular and occasional class meetings. It features seating for 18 with three breakout areas where students may work in groups and wirelessly project their laptop computers onto large shared monitors.