Large Classroom Design

Large Classroom Design

Large classrooms are usually designed for 25-100 students. They are ideal for lecture, collaborative learning and/or the integration of multimedia technology into class lessons.

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Instructional Media
Projection Screen


  • Carpeting and upholstered chairs should be used if available (Burnett
    et al., 2003).
  • Use of acoustical tile on the ceiling and acoustically-absorbent material
    on the rear wall should be considered (Burnett et al., 2003).


  • Moveable seating and tables are preferred. In rooms with tiered seating
    or capacity for 60 or more students, fixed seating and tables are almost
    always required, in which case the guidelines for lecture hall furniture
    should be adhered to (Allen et al., 1996; Burnett et al., 2003; University
    of Washington, 2002).
  • If tablet-arm chairs are used, at least 10% should be left-handed
    and 5% should be ADA accessible (Cornell University, 1998).

Instructional Media

  • Overhead projectors and other equipment, when not ceiling mounted,
    should be stored on moveable carts (Allen et al., 1996; Cornell University,

Projection Screen

  • Chalkboards or whiteboards should be visible while projection screen
    is in use (Burnett et al., 2003).
  The projection screen should be positioned in a manner
that allows the white or blackboard to be visible while the screen is in
use. This screen, in an Undergraduate Science Building classroom, is on
a track and allows the instructor to vary its position along the whiteboard.

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