Tablet Chairs on Casters
Furniture and configuration
Soft casters make tablet arm seats easier to move. Seats swivel from right to left off center to encourage eye contact. Desktop surfaces are larger than most traditional tablet arm seats and can be adjusted to fit different student body types and preferences.
What works best in this classroom?
This design facilitates movement between lecture, class discussion, and small group activities during a course or recitation section. Re-arrangement of desks is easier and less noisy; most students do not need to get up out of the chairs in order to move them. Book bag storage has emerged as an issue for some models and may be best addressed by encouraging students to hang book bags on the seat backs. The ease with which the seats can be moved may also help discourage Honor Code violations during in-class assessments.
“…what was nice for me is that they could get in their groups more efficiently and more quietly.”
“It is a lot easier [to do group activities]; you don’t have to pick them up or push them and have that annoying sound it makes. I think my professor has more group activities now.”
UNC classrooms using this design
- 108 Bingham (seats 35), 208 Bingham (seats 25), 301 Bingham (seats 40), 101 Davie (seats 25), 201 Dey (seats 28), 209 Dey (seats 25), 302 Dey (seats 25), 303A Dey (seats 25), 304 Dey (seats 35) 306 Dey (seats 25), 1374 Genome Sciences Building (seats 35), 452 Hamilton (seats 35), 305 Mitchell (seats 19), 112 Murphey (seats 35), 217 Peabody (seats 35), 304 Woollen Gym (seats 50)
How can I schedule one of these classrooms?
Ask the scheduling officer for your academic unit to request a classroom through the University Registrar’s Scheduling Office.
- Spring 2012 Pilot Report (201 Dey Hall)
- Henshaw, R.G., and Reubens, A. (2014). Evaluating design enhancements to the tablet arm chair in language instruction classes. Journal of Learning Spaces, 2(2).
- ITS Classroom Hotline classroom profiles