Active Learning Classrooms

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The Teaching Station

Each room has a teaching station (rather than a podium). Most rooms have standard podium toggle controls. Here you can control the computer, the volume, the mute button, the lighting, and the monitor.

Learn more about the unique touch screen Extron controller in the 1D01 and 2D01 classrooms.

Each room (excluding 1D01 and 2D01) has an extendable arm for the computer keyboard and a touch screen monitor. Turn the screen toward the board to present your slides.

The best place to present is between the two screens, near the door. If you periodically move around, remind the students that their chairs swivel so they can follow you.


The chairs are set up as rectangular table groups of 8 students. In 1D01 and 2D01, the tables accommodate 5 students.

If you need a lectern space for your notes, take up the end of the front middle table. Move any chairs to other locations, so you have your space, and there is still adequate seating for your students.

To manage group work, it sometimes works best to split table groups into 2 groups of 4, rather than one group of 8. Ask one student from each group to move to each end of the table. This makes sure each group has its own space and you can visit each group separately.

Remind students to be conscious of their volume level, as the groups will be in close proximity to one another.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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