Creating spaces for collaboration and encouraging student participation
Oregon State University was facing a dilemma—they had lots of students, but lecture halls were too big and impersonal to create the same learning outcomes as more intimate classrooms. We were challenged to collaborate and create a learning environment that could hold large amounts of people but keep students feeling central. Less like a number, and more like a person.
Introducing styles of learning spaces that support collaboration and student participation, we were the was the audiovisual, acoustic, technology, lighting and electrical design partner for this new 130,000 square foot Learning Innovation Center. Arena classrooms were designed, placing desks around the center of the room and increasing the proximity between students and the instructor. These large classrooms are supported by a centralized control room for technician assistance as well as classroom capture and streaming, and a green screen room was designed to allow faculty to create classroom content with two editing suites and an isolation booth for audio recording.
This facility includes 16 classrooms with over 2,900 seats throughout, and made space for over 600 students to study and collaborate. With the addition of the Learning Innovation Center, Oregon State University is now ready for the next 15 years of growth.
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