So how would you design a lecture theatre?
One could, as we have discussed here before, ask whether lectures in the traditional sense will play a significant role in universities in future. But right now lecture theatres are still being designed and built, and for various reasons I have been taking an interest in what might be regarded as best practice. One example that was suggested to me can be found here. However, if this represents best practice it is focused on various operational, energy and environmental aspects. Pedagogically it doesn’t really reflect any new insights we might have gained over the past 100 years. It assumes a largely passive audience taking in whatever the lecturer is saying. It is physically entirely inflexible and is not usable for break-out work as part of a session. The muted lighting probably stimulates tiredness.
Are all new lecture theatres still being designed in this way? If so, surely this will hasten the end of the lecture as a teaching device. At least, that’s what I might hope.