Office of Campus Learning Environments

The Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) works with representatives from Academic Affairs and Administrative Services to address issues related to spaces of learning.

The charge of the OCLE is to enhance the physical environment in order to support excellence in teaching and learning. The OCLE is committed to creating physical environments which are welcoming and attractive, functional and flexible, multi-media capable and adaptable to future technologies. In addition to classrooms, the OCLE creates informal learning spaces for students designed to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas. These spaces are to incorporate sustainable design principles and be accessible for all users. Since the launch of the OCLE, we have renovated 150+ classrooms and created over 30 Oases for students. Give to Project Oasis.

RECENT PROJECTS

Science and Engineering Laboratory

SEL Oases

Science and Engineering Lab Buildings: the renovation work to the public spaces is ongoing, but over spring break we were able to install most of the furniture in the dozen new Oasis spaces. Students started using the furniture the Monday morning after spring break.

 

Disability, Health & Social Policy 204 & 205

Disability Health and Social Policy Building room 204

We created a new classroom for the Department of Disability and Human Development for their new undergraduate minor and proposed major. The classroom included new acoustical ceiling tile, dimmable lighting, motorized shades, whiteboards, finishes, furniture and Audio-Visual (AV) system.

 

RECENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Faculty Focus Group – Active Learning Spaces

“What is the Role of the Physical Space on Active Learning?”

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities invited us to lead a conversation on 1/25/17. The focus was on the role of the physical space on active learning and the conversation was attended by 24 faculty members. Attendees participated in a team based learning exercise and the data was collected, analyzed and a report was created and posted to our website at the following link: Faculty Focus Group on Active Learning Spaces.

Administrators Brown Bag

“The Impacts of Learning Spaces on Teaching and Learning at UIC”

Faculty Affairs invited us to lead a conversation on 1/24/17. The focus was on the role of the physical space on active learning and the conversation was attended by 25 staff and faculty.