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a collaborative blueprint for classroom design

A Collaborative Blueprint for Classroom Design

Barbara Brandt, ITD

Carole Meyers, Emory College

Emory University

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the ideal classroom
The Ideal Classroom



the ideal classroom1
The Ideal Classroom
  • Comfortable for students and faculty
  • A bounty of user-friendly AV options
  • Dependable network connections
  • Good lighting
  • Acoustically sound
  • Loads of “boarding” surfaces
  • Flexible
  • Close to my office
emory at a glance
Emory at a Glance
  • 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta
  • Nine major academic divisionsEmory College, graduate school of arts and sciences; professional schools of medicine, theology, law, nursing, public health, and business; and Oxford College, a two-year undergraduate division
  • Emory College:
    • 1,300 students
    • 10:1 student:faculty ratio
emory college classrooms
Emory College Classrooms
  • 192 Emory College classrooms
    • 107 Shared (registrar scheduled)
    • 85 Departmental
  • Classroom Technologies support team
    • 6 support staff and 1 Intern
classroom blueprints
Classroom Blueprints

1. Standard Lecture

2. Seminar

3. Collaborative

common classroom features
Common Classroom Features
  • User interfacesCommon touch panel “look & feel.” Emory designed and tested with end users
  • AV components(VCR, DVD, document camera, Emory cable TV, computer, laptop hookup, auxiliary connections)
  • Standardized projectors
  • Whiteboards
  • Projection screens
  • Lighting
unique classroom features
Unique Classroom Features
  • Instructor furniture (lectern, desk, credenza)
  • Furniture type and arrangement
    • Fixed, tiered seating
    • Tablet arm chairs
    • Seminar table and chairs
  • Computer type and software requirements
  • Special AV Equipment
  • Room security
standard lecture classroom
Standard Lecture Classroom
  • Loose or tiered seating for up to 280 students
  • General use shared resource open 24 hours - added equipment security features
  • Different projectors –same manufacturers(to leverage buying power and ease maintenance)
  • Desk or lectern

New Construction


seminar classroom
Seminar Classroom
  • Smaller room - 18 to 24 seats around a table to facilitate face-to-face discussion
  • Low profile credenza to complement seated teaching style
  • Shared and departmental

New Construction


collaborative classroom
Collaborative Classroom
  • Interactive touch display connects instructor with presentation
  • Works well for student presentation and group work
  • Flexible seating for 18 to 24 - designed for teaming or traditional “lecture”
  • Departmental

New Construction


blueprint benefits
Blueprint Benefits
  • Successful design of standardized, user-friendly classroom systems
  • Smart investments on AV equipment that works
  • Supportable/maintainable classrooms
  • Manageable design, integration, and installation (Happy project managers)
blueprint origins
Blueprint Origins
  • Emory College Classroom Initiative
  • Past 5 years -- 90 new, renovated classrooms
  • Began with separate projects
  • Evolved into a team approach
    • College (Director of Academic Technologies)
    • ITD (Manager, Classroom Technologies)
    • Facilities (Associate Director, College Facilities)
the extended team
The Extended Team
  • Deans, faculty
  • FMD project managers and interior design professionals
  • Purchasing
  • Network Communications
  • AV design-build firms
itd s technology centers
ITD’s Technology Centers
  • The Centers
    • Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT)
    • Cox Computing Center
    • Emory College Language Center
  • Faculty training programs
incubator classrooms
Incubator Classrooms
  • Located in Technology Centers
  • Place to test new technologies
  • Playful furniture arrangements
  • Dedicated support staff trained in teaching with technology
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Incubator Classrooms
  • Faculty transition from incubator spaces to regular classrooms
  • Promotes continual re-engineering of our regular classroom blueprints
next steps
Next Steps
  • Predicting technology trends
    • Videoconferencing
    • Whiteboards
  • Move of presentation technology into departmental spaces, residence halls
next steps1
Next Steps
  • Published classroom standards
  • E-Control
  • Long term maintenance and equipment replacement budgets
  • Partnerships with vendors
  • Faculty training
contact information
Contact Information

Barbara BrandtManager, Classroom TechnologiesInformation Technology Division


Carole Meyers, PhDDirector, Academic ComputingEmory College