Classroom Redesign

Active learning is a broad collection of teaching strategies designed to engage students in the kinds of mental processes and interactions that lead to deeper, more meaningful learning. Strategies range from short reflection prompts and application questions during a lecture to more complex inquiry-based activities that take up full class sessions. Learning environments designed with these practices in mind, such as those in the Anteater Learning Pavilion (ALP), help promote the use of active learning and contribute to improved student and faculty experiences.

In alignment with our Active Learning Initiative and broader goals, DTEI regularly partners with other campus units to translate lessons learned from ALP into improvements to UCI’s 100+ other general assignment classrooms and lecture halls. The UCI Classroom Enhancement Advisory Committee has been critical to these efforts. With representatives from DTEI, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, and the University Registrar, the committee was established in 2018 to review the condition of all general assignment classrooms at UCI, formulate priorities and specific improvement plans, and oversee their implementation. Key improvements accomplished through this committee are highlighted below.

5-Year Impact of DTEI & Classroom Enhancement Committee PROJECTS

Classrooms fully renovated

Classrooms upgraded with new flexible layouts

Classrooms provided improved accessible seating

New classroom chairs and desks

new sets of instructor furniture

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