Faculty Resources

Faculty resources

Building on Mount Royal’s excellence in undergraduate education and our reputation for innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre provides an exploration ground for supporting new research, advancing teaching and learning practices, and expanding the understanding of student success. It brings together expert staff and faculty, with a vast array of information resources (visual, data, text, audio, print, digital, archival, etc) — and the power of innovative technologies to enable Mount Royal students and faculty to explore, learn, create and teach in new and exciting way.

The Riddell Library and Learning Center is the new home for Mount Royal’s Academic Development Centre (ADC) Advancing excellence in teaching and learning, the Centre offers professional development services, initiatives, and programs to Mount Royal faculty and instructional staff, to support the following:

  • classroom and online teaching
  • the use of learning technologies for faculty and students
  • curriculum development and principles of assessment
  • scholarly teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning
  • web-based instructional design
  • media production
  • audio/video/web conferencing

Conveniently located on the second floor of the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the ADC is equipped with specialized spaces that support the work of the centre including flexible video conferencing rooms, teaching development spaces and media production and editing facilities

The ADC is also equipped with specialized teaching development spaces including:

State-of-the-art demonstration classroom designed for active learning

Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are designed to foster interactive, flexible, student-centered learning experiences; they operate using central teaching stations that allow selection and display of individual or group specific information. In this classroom students provide personal laptops (and other mobile devices) for use in class; they might also access laptops or tablets belonging to the space.

The space offers a cooperative learning environment that encourages student collaboration. The technology in the room allows students to present their work for peer and instructor review. Furniture is flexible and designed for easy conversion to small group configurations, permitting easy interaction and timely movement of the instructor during class/group activities. Ease of interaction and adaptable classroom structures is a feature of active learning spaces.

Drop-in technology training and media lab

The Sandbox is a small, drop-in computer lab where faculty access one-on-one support in the use of Blackboard and other educational technologies. A new addition to the Sandbox will be a media/digital project room that will allow faculty to record, edit, and manipulate sound and video to create media rich presentations for their classrooms and support a flipped-classroom approach.

Library Information Visualization Spaces

The immersion studio is a black box environment with 360 projection to create an immersive learning experience. This unique experiential learning environment allows students and researchers to explore and interact with visual data in new ways and whether you want to recreate historical cityscapes, walk through the interior of a heart, or take a virtual field trip, these immersive and 3-D experiences create exciting teaching and learning opportunities. A 360 camera will be available to those who want to create customized visual content.

Designed for maximum flexibility this Library classroom allows instructors to experiment with information visualization and new forms of teaching.

The visualization classroom includes a high-end visualization wall with gesture and touch enabled navigation. This valuable teaching tool allows students to engage with and understand information in new ways regardless of the discipline or topic. Whether exploring GIS imagery, numeric data, historic manuscripts, biological systems, the intricacies of fine art pieces, or themes in text mining, the Innovation Lab promises to students and faculty new ways to collaborate, create, and understand information.

Four flexible and active learning lab classrooms on the first floor, (two Library, and two Student Learning Services), provide students critical instructional spaces to acquire core learning outcomes. Designed to support instruction in advanced research skills, information and digital literacy, and writing and learning strategies, these learning labs can also be used for peer-assisted study sessions.These expandable specialized classroom labs are equipped with:

  • multiple display screens/white boards
  • collaboration and sharing software
  • re-configurable furniture for alternative classroom design
  • both stationary and mobile technology tools

To maximize student seating , the labs are open to general student use outside when not being used for class instruction. 

Specialized classrooms allow Bachelor of Education students to experience hands-on the elementary school classroom environment and enable faculty to continually improve and experiment with new teaching and learning approaches. Locating these classrooms adjacent to the Education faculty offices and the Library’s curriculum collection in the core of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre creates a rich context for students and future teachers.
One of Mount Royal’s outstanding research institutes, the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is located on the third floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. This institute brings together faculty and students from across the campus, to engage with each other and an international scholarly community, with the goal to understand and improve teaching and learning in higher education.

RLLC ArchivesThe above rendering is for illustration purposes only and is subject to change.

Archival and special collections are located on the fourth floor of the building in a secure and environmentally controlled area which includes: 

  • a public reading room for working with the collection
  • a compact storage area for maximum collection space
  • an art/artifact storage space
  • office and lab areas to provide the necessary tools for care, digitization, and preservation of these special holdings

The archival and special collections are intended to not only preserve unique items of historical value to the institution and our programs but to allow students, faculty and the public, the unique opportunity to engage with and learn from these unique collections. 

RLLC Fireplace Lounge
The above rendering is for illustration purposes only and is subject to change.

This soft seating area is prominently placed on the third floor and is a destination of choice for readers, writers and those seeking a cozy and comfortable place to gather — a desirable spot to sit quietly while still being visible and part of the learning community experience.

RLLC Perimeter Seating
The above rendering is for illustration purposes only and is subject to change.

Expanded collections, print and digital, will be available throughout this building with extensive network and wireless infrastructure and approximately double Library stack capacity.