Skip to main content

The types of classroom

The four types of classroom are Basic, Basic Plus, Web Conferencing and the Mobile Classroom Kit.


Basic classroom 

Technology: Desktop PC and overhead projector. 

In this type of learning space, instructors will find a basic projection system that allows laptop projection and/or projection from a local desktop PC. In some cases, an audio system will also be available.  

Intended usage: In-person instruction.

* For information about basic classrooms in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Gina Cody School of Engineering or John Molson School of Business, please reach out to the respective unit.  


Basic Plus classroom 

Technology: Desktop PC, overhead projector, and a microphone.

In this type of learning space, a basic projection system allows instructors to project laptops and/or a local desktop PC's. These rooms also feature an audio system and one lapel mic that will allow instructors to record their voices in a lecture-capture manner. This room-type is not equipped with a camera so those online will not be able to see their instructor, but they will be able to hear the lecture. Lecture recording is also available. 

Intended usage: In-person and limited online instruction. By launching and connecting to a virtual zoom session at the start of class using the desktop PC, students online will be able to hear the lecture and see the desktop PC’s content the same way as students attending in person. 

* For information about basic classrooms in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Gina Cody School of Engineering or John Molson School of Business, please reach out to the respective unit.  


Web Conferencing classroom 

Technology: Desktop PC, overhead projector, microphone and camera.

In this type of learning space, a basic projection system allows instructors to project their laptops and/or a local desktop PC. Instructors will also find a web camera and one or many microphones which will allow lecture-capture and web conference courses. Students at the back of the room will be able to see and hear thier instructors. 

Intended usage: Synchronous in-person and remote instruction. By launching a virtual Zoom session using the desktop PC, those students attending online are able to hear the lecture and see the desktop PC contents in the same way as students attending in-person. The advantage of having a camera is that student will also be able to see their instructor giving a lecture in the front of the classroom in addition to any other content that the instructor adds to the classroom whiteboards. 

* For information about basic classrooms in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Gina Cody School of Engineering or John Molson School of Business, please reach out to the respective unit.  


The Mobile Classroom Kit 

Technology: Desktop PC, microphone, camera, and monitor. 

The mobile classroom kit uses a cart specially equipped with a desktop PC, microphone, camera, and monitor. This kit can be moved into any classroom or potentially any space on campus to provide the same bimodal classroom conductivity as a web conferencing classroom. Once the mobile classroom kit has been set up, instructors can carry out teaching and learning activities synchronously with students attending in-person and remotely. 

Intended usage: Synchronous in-person and remote instruction. Once the instructor has started a virtual Zoom session using the cart’s desktop PC, those students attending online will be able to hear and see the entire lecture alongside students in-person. The mobile classroom kit connects to all the desktop PC services, including Moodle, Zoom, YuJa and Office 365. 


Take a video tour of the various classroom types


Recommendations 

It is recommended that faculty continue to adopt asynchronous practices in their teaching for those students that may not be able to join synchronously in real-time such as international students. 

To ensure that all students have access to the same learning experience, instructors should record their lectures when possible, using the YuJa lecture capture software. Recorded class content can then be made available to students through Moodle. 


Need help?

Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning is available full-time to provide you with resources and solutions to pedagogical and technological questions related to teaching and learning. Concordia’s IT Service Centres are also a great resource that provide specialized support for classrooms, computer labs, AV equipment, wireless internet and events.  

Back to top Back to top

© Concordia University