Research shows that student interaction during class time helps determine how much students learn and retain. Yet most classrooms still emphasize the presentation of information from the front of the room and discourage interaction and eye contact among students.

The CFE is deeply involved in the University’s exciting experimentation with alternative classroom designs that make it easier for instructors to use interactive learning methods. Much of the CFE’s work in this area is closely aligned with the results of a 2012 faculty survey on classrooms and subsequent recommendations made to the Classroom Policy Steering Committee by the Classroom Innovation Subcommittee. CFE staff are eager to introduce faculty members to these new classroom spaces and to work with departments interested in investigating new classroom design and furniture ideas.

Here are a few of the more popular approaches being taken across campus:

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Swivel Seat with Dedicated Aisle Space

Fixed tablet arm desks that swivel 360 degrees make transitions between lecture, class discussion, and small groups almost instantaneous. Instructors have dedicated aisle space to move throughout the room. Learn More »

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Tablet Chairs on Casters

Tablet arm desks with soft casters facilitate the formation of small groups and encourage eye contact during class discussions. Learn More »

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Studio

Studio classrooms support collaborative and cooperative learning methods by grouping students at round or square tables. Learn More »

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Interactive Lecture Hall

Greenlaw 101 as the first interactive lecture hall on the Carolina campus. The renovated classroom is being piloted by faculty members from a wide range of disciplines during the Fall 2015 semester. Learn More »