Room Type Definitions

Distinct pedagogical teaching styles necessitate different types of learning spaces. In addition to study spaces or practice rooms available for students to reserve, the university has defined eight classroom types that are predominant on campuses.

Active Learning Spaces

Active learning spaces do not assume faculty lecture is the primary mode of instruction and instead facilitate active and collaborative pedagogies. While these teaching and learning approaches are possible in any classroom, active learning spaces are specifically designed to remove barriers to active and collaborative learning through the use of flexible furniture, student whiteboards, and technology to promote collaboration. The spaces can accommodate diverse sizes and groupings of students.


Auditoriums are used for large classes with traditional theater-type seating. Room capacities typically exceed 150 seats.

Computer Classrooms

Computer Classrooms/Labs vary in size and capacity across campus. These rooms are equipped with individual workstations with computers or Bring Your own device (BYOD).

Lecture Rooms

Lecture rooms vary across the campus. Some include the traditional tablet armchairs, the fixed table and chair seating, or traditional theater-type seating. Room capacities in this category typically range from 75 to 150 seats.

Music Practice Rooms

Music practice rooms are individual rooms designed for students to practice their respective instruments.

Seminar/Collaborative Classrooms

Seminar/Collaborative rooms typically have mobile tables and chairs, providing the instructor with the flexibility to position the class in small discussion teams or meet with the entire class. Also included are seminar rooms, which are generally small, with less than 30 seats with conference-style seating.

Specialized Classrooms

A specialized classroom is a room that contains specialized equipment, design, or set-up that is generally permanent in the room and intended to meet the curricular needs of limited program offerings. Examples include teaching labs, dance studios, weight rooms, gymnasiums, pools, and clinics. Room capacities in this category typically range from 2 – 400+.

Study Spaces

Study spaces are available across campus and are designed for individual study or group study/collaboration.

Traditional Classrooms

A traditional classroom consists of both traditional tablet armchair configurations or narrow tables and movable chairs. Room capacities typically range from 30 to 75 seats.

Tutoring Center

Tutoring centers for specific areas of study are available.

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