Learning Environments

UCI maintains a broad range of classrooms and lecture halls for general instructional use. DTEI partners with the Office of Information Technology, Facilities Management, and the University Registrar to regularly evaluate these spaces and identify opportunities for improvement. Our recent efforts have focused on piloting new classroom designs and scheduling processes to better support active learning. These pilots lead up to a major milestone for our campus: the first new classroom building designed from the ground-up to support active learning. Named the Anteater Learning Pavilion, this building will provide the campus with 10 new classrooms, a computer lab, and 2 new lecture halls when it opens in Fall 2018.

Active Learning Classrooms

Active learning encompasses a broad range teaching practices that encourage students to engage more actively and intentionally with the subject-matter, instructor, peers, and themselves. Learning environments and infrastructure designed with these practices in mind can help reduce physical barriers to interaction and provide additional tools for collaboration. UCI currently has three of these classrooms available with many more on the way. 

AIRB 1030

  • Room Capacity: 32
  • Seating: Tables and chairs; multiple group sizes possible
  • Writing Surfaces: Whiteboards mounted on 2 walls
  • Technology: Standard Smart Classroom equipment plus wireless projection and dual independent projectors
  • Scheduling: Contact Mathew Williams (mathew.williams@uci.edu) for room availability, demonstrations, and questions
PSCB 140

  • Room Capacity: 80
  • Seating: Mobile Node chairs; multiple group sizes possible
  • Writing Surfaces: Whiteboards mounted on all walls
  • Technology: Standard Smart Classroom equipment
  • Scheduling: Request through your department scheduler; priority given to certified instructors (see below)
SE 101

  • Room Capacity: 56
  • Seating: Tables + node chairs in groups of 4-8
  • Writing Surfaces: 1 large whiteboard + 4 small boards
  • Technology: PC and display for each group/pod; wireless projection
  • Scheduling: Request through your department scheduler; contact Judi Franz (jmfranz@uci.edu) with any questions and to arrange training

Anteater Learning Pavilion

The Anteater Learning Pavilion (ALP) is currently under construction on the northwest side of campus, adjacent to Humanities Hall, with completion expected in August 2018. Key instructional spaces and features are listed below. The ALP will also be home to the Learning and Academic Resource Center, providing a central location for student tutorials, workshops, and other support programs. For more information about the ALP, contact Mathew Williams (mathew.williams@uci.edu).

Lecture Halls

Medium to Large Classrooms

Computer Lab

Small Classrooms

Study/Break-Out Rooms

Lobby, Lounge, and Study Space

Priority Scheduling for Active Learning Classrooms

Beginning with courses scheduled for Winter 2018, the campus is piloting a new process to help ensure that faculty are matched to classrooms that best align with their teaching approaches and preferences. Under the initial pilot, faculty can gain priority access to UCI’s growing collection of active learning classrooms by obtaining a certification through DTEI. Recognizing that faculty have a range of experience with active and collaborative learning, we currently provide two options for certification and are exploring others:

  1. Engaged Learning Institute: For those who have moderate to no experience with these strategies, we recommend that you attend the Engaged Learning Institute. The institute will support you in the development and facilitation of activities that align with your instructional goals, as well as connect you with colleagues who are also implementing these strategies. For more information, please visit the Engaged Learning Institute information page.

  2. Retroactive Certification: For those who already have experience with active and collaborative learning strategies, you may instead request retroactive certification. The process will be guided by the same standards and curriculum used by the institute. For more information, please contact the Program Director for Faculty Instructional Development at andrea.aebersold@uci.edu.

After enrolling in one of these options, your name will be provided to the University Registrar for priority scheduling. As the scheduling process may vary by room, please refer to the list of active learning classrooms above for further guidance the next steps. Please also note that, in addition to certification status, the existing policies and prioritization criteria will apply to these rooms, including on-module times and expected course enrollments. More information on these policies can be found on the Registrar’s website.

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