The UVM College of Medicine hired D+W to modify existing space and design a highly-flexible, technology-rich classroom specifically for Team-Based Learning, or TBL. This educational model consists of small groups of 6-8 students working individually, in teams, and as a class, sitting at tables in a large, level-floor room. The process and protocol for how the class is conducted is heavily dependent on a room layout and furniture that are different than the traditional, "all-facing-front" classroom. The Larner Classroom serves 120 students, and the architecture features:
The Larner Classroom supports the high-definition presentation of the web-based digital microscopy collection of the College. Because the glass visual displays encircle the room, a single digital image can be stretched around the room to create an "immersive mode" and environment. The furniture can quickly be reconfigured to allow demonstrations using the College’s medical mannequins.
Owner University of Vermont
SQ. FT. 3,460
Photographer Mike Worthington