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Queen's University
 

Introducing the Ellis Hall Active Learning Spaces

Effective January 2014, 3 new active learning classrooms will be in place in Ellis Hall.  Construction is taking place this summer and fall.  The classrooms are designed to encourage different types of learning and each has varying levels of technology.    The Centre for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology Services, the Office of the University Registrar, the University Timetable Committee and the Teaching Space Committee are collaborating on the development of instructional and technology support and processes for prioritization and scheduling.  As part of the pilot project on flexible spaces at Queen’s we will be conducting a program evaluation on the types of usage of the rooms. 

Instructors

Timetable requests for 2013-14 have already been submitted and timetable production is well underway.  If you are interested in using this space in January 2014, please contact your department timetable administrator.  There is still opportunity to request use of these rooms for January 2014.

More information about the classrooms:

Click here to see birdseye view of the Active Learning Classrooms

Ellis 319, capacity 48:

Chairs on wheels with a tablet arm (large enough for laptop and book)

  • A podium with a room control panel, an ethernet jack and VGA with audio and HDMI connectivity for the instructor’s device
  • A projector with an electric screen
  • Floor of room has nothing fixed, just tablet-arm chairs on wheels.
  • Walls of room are ringed with whiteboard (Egan roll on) 

Ellis 333, capacity 60:

Chairs on wheels with 6 students per round table

  • Each table is close to a wall and on the wall is an interactive display with built-in amplified speakers.
  • At the centre of the table are 6 power outlets, a VGA with audio and an HDMI cable, a USB cable connected to the interactive display and 2 buttons allowing  students to select between VGA and HDMI.
  • In “collaboration mode”, each table will work independently (audio heard and video seen at each table corresponds to the device plugged in at each table)
  • In “presentation mode”, the same audio and video will be seen/heard at each table.
  • A podium with an interactive display, an LCD touch screen controller, an ethernet jack and VGA with audio and HDMI connectivity for the instructor’s device
  • The instructor can choose to display his/her own display/audio or any one table’s display/audio to all tables.
  • The microphones will probably be one hand-held wireless to be given to whichever table is presenting, and one wireless lavalier for the instructor. 

Ellis 321, capacity 136:

Chairs on wheels with rectangle tables that seat 8 (potential for groups of 4)

  • Each table has 1 monitor at the end not connected to the other table. These will probably be 22” 1080p 16/9 monitors to keep them from interfering with line-of-sight as much as possible (the top of the display will be around 14” from the table surface).
  • Where the two tables connect, per table, there are 4 power outlets, a VGA with audio and an HDMI cable, an amplified speaker and 2 buttons allowing  students to select between VGA and HDMI.
  • A podium with an installed Windows PC with an interactive display, an LCD touch screen controller, an ethernet jack, a ceiling mounted document camera, a USB cable connected to the interactive display, and VGA with audio and HDMI connectivity for the instructor’s device
  • In “collaboration mode”, each table will work independently (audio heard and video seen at each table corresponds to the device plugged in at each table)
  • In “presentation mode”, the same audio and video will be seen/heard at each table.
  • The instructor can choose to display his/her own display/audio or any one table’s display/audio to the monitor of all tables.
  • The microphones will probably be one wireless lavalier for the instructor and push-to-talk mics at each table.

Notes:

Provisions for wheelchairs are being made by making some things height-adjustable:

  • The podiums
  • Sections of some tables in classrooms ELL 321 and 333
  • Two of the interactive displays in ELL 333

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