Named after its contributors, who gave almost half of the $45 million construction cost, the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building boasts a comfortable and flexible learning environment that fosters the educational initiatives of the university.
The Armstrong Building launched Johns Hopkins’ new vision for medical science, offering the latest educational technology, such as virtual-reality simulations, flexible classrooms with four-wall projection and mobile podiums for instructors. Included in the building are small collaborative classrooms, large lecture halls, a divisible auditorium, teaching laboratories, anatomy laboratories and offices, and the third floor is a dedicated space for the Advisory Colleges Program.
Each dissection table in the anatomy laboratories holds a screen that provides various digital tools, and the teaching laboratories’ LCD screens are linked to other campus clinical facilities. The large, divisible auditorium holds two ultra-HD 2,000-by-4,000-resolution displays, and the audio system allows students to speak with their instructor using microphones placed along the seating aisles. The building’s collaborative labs are based on MIT’s technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL) teaching method, holding multiple small monitors at each group table and a large monitor on the wall for lectures.