Here at UCC we understand the fundamental need for traditional lecture halls, and we have some excellent ones on campus. As part of the strategy for the upgrading of UCC Teaching Spaces, €1.5 million has been allocated to upgrade the audio/visual capacity of these spaces. This includes increasing wifi capacity with the aim of having sufficient wifi coverage to allow a fully occupied room to access high speed internet access. In addition, all teaching spaces will have data projection capacity either through projectors or flat screens, and where needed, projectors will also be replaced.
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We also recognise that there is a growing need for different types of teaching spaces that encourage group work, project work and problem based learning. This type of learning improves students collaborative capacity, problem solving and communication ability; all of which are necessary skills employers are looking for in their future employees. This type of teaching also allows the lecturer to be much more creative in the design of their classes, and allows them to facilitate these types of activities and guide students instead of just delivering information directly.
There are some excellent examples of unique and beautiful lecture theaters from many universities. Some of these are bright, colourful and fun places to learn like these examples from Loughborough University.
Other universities have chosen inspirational architecture as a way of creating great lecture theaters such as this one in the Queens College, University of Oxford.
Instead of standing at the front of the class, some lecture halls have been designed to put the lecturer in the centre of the room, with students sitting in a circular or oval shape around them. There are many examples of these types of lecture halls, for example below (left to right) are rooms from the University of Technology Sydney, Coventry University and Loughborough University.
And finally there are now examples of lecture halls designed to facilitate group work. Two designs that facilitate this type of study are the scalloped shaped benches which can be seen at Coventry University (L) and the grouped benches at Queens University Belfast (R).