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Tiered Classrooms at St. Olaf College: Faculty and Student Perceptions of Three Different Designs

Mary M Walczak, David G. L. Van Wylen


In designing St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, we attempted to create learning spaces to accommodate classes of 50-100 students and a variety of teaching pedagogies. In this study, we compare three different 72-seat classrooms furnished with half-round tables for four, straight tables, or a serpentine shaped table with crests that fit four students. We found that faculty prefer the learning environment of the half-round tables for all pedagogies. Students prefer the half-round tables for group work or a combination of group work and lecture, but prefer the straight tables for lecture classes.

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