Formal education forms a huge part of our lives. There are a lot of factors that impact our education experience; among them is the spaces in which we learn. The classrooms, assembly halls and lecture theatres that accommodate our journey through education play a huge role in what and how we learn.
Have you ever been in a lecture hall with such poor acoustics you couldn’t even hear what was being taught? Perhaps you had a classroom where your view of the teacher’s slideshow was obstructed. Maybe you spent years dealing with uncomfortable lecture hall seating waiting for the end of class.
We spend a large portion of our lives in formal education. We start as just a toddler and stay until we are eighteen (or much older for many). It doesn’t take a lot to improve your learning environment. Just a few things, such as offering comfortable lecture theatre seating and a good view of the teacher’s presentation, can make a big difference.
Classroom and Lecture Hall Seating
It is difficult to concentrate on a lecture when you are stuck in an uncomfortable chair and are just waiting to jump up out of it the second the class is over. Lecture theatre seating is a fundamental part of any lecture hall and therefore is instrumental in building a better learning environment. This is not limited to the seats comfort either, the appearance of the seating can play a big role in how students feel about attending lectures. No one wants to sit on seats which are worn out, with tears in the fabric. It is important that you stay up to date with your lecture hall seating refurbishment if you want to maintain a welcoming learning environment. The same rules apply to classrooms and assembly halls too. Though these typically use portable seating, you can still find plenty of comfortable and stylish seating options.
Most lectures and classes are supported by a slideshow presentation. Teachers and lecturers put a lot of time into these presentations so the classroom and lecture hall layout should accommodate all student being able to see them. We have all had that experience of sitting down at the cinema only for someone far taller than us to sit down in the chair in front and completely obstruct our view. When it comes to lecture halls, we want to avoid such obstruction be they people or otherwise. A good staggered seating system will do most of the work, although you may need to implement a seating plan. Hopefully, you have a good space to work with but if you do have support beams to deal with you can work around them during seating installation. Beyond that you just have to trust your students won’t choose to sit behind something that will obstruct their line of sight.
The acoustics of any education facility are vitally important. Imagine giving a lecture only to find out everyone that was sat at the back didn’t hear a word you said. Achieving opera house level acoustics in your lecture hall may require a lot of work. Thankfully that isn’t necessary. Our aim is just making sure your voice reaches all the way to the back of the class – an issue you can overcome far more easily. Simply using a microphone should see that even the students on the back row hear you. If you are in a large assembly hall you may want to consider installing speakers towards the back of the room so that those sat furthest away don’t miss what you’re saying.
An engaging class relies on more than just the teacher and the subject area. The classroom itself plays a huge role. Are students comfortable with a clear view of the presentation? Does the space look clean and welcoming and offer clear acoustics so even the people at the back can hear? Your answers to these questions can be the difference between an unengaging lecture theatre students want to avoid and a great learning environment they love attending.
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This post was written by Mike Lewis