The Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) creates and renovates learning spaces to enable active learning and enhance student success. The goal of each learning space project is to foster student engagement and thereby improve student learning outcomes. Projects are both research-driven and user-focused to support the University’s strategic priorities.


SES 201

Science and Engineering South 201

The scope of the Science and Engineering South 201 project was to convert old Math and Science Learning Center to active learning classroom. This 120-seat learning environment is now the largest active learning classroom on UIC’s campus. It allows for faculty to use active learning pedagogies in large enrollment course, which can directly impact student success. The room design was based on results from our experimental classroom study, input from faculty and students, and input from a nationwide benchmarking analysis.

TBH - 78 seat classroom

Thomas Beckham Hall Classrooms

The scope of the Thomas Beckham Hall project was to convert approximately 17,000 GSF of retail space on South Campus to general use classrooms in support of UIC’s growing student enrollment. The build-out created five 32-seat and two 78-seat classrooms for a total of 316 seats, Oases (informal learning) spaces with approximately 80 seats, a C-Stop with help desk, printing and recharging capabilities and offices for UIC Global/Shorelight Education staff.


Research - Experimental Classroom

Experimental Classroom

During the fall semester of 2017, the Office of Campus Learning Environments, together with the Academic Computing and Communications Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), conducted a research project to compare and evaluate the perceived performance and effectiveness of different furniture types, and wireless collaboration systems for teaching and learning. Attendees participated in a team based learning exercise and the data was collected, analyzed and a report was created.

Legat/DIRTT symposium led by David Taeyaerts

Think Tank Explores Health, Safety, and Welfare

Third annual Legat/DIRTT symposium brought together leaders in healthcare, education, law enforcement, sustainability, and design to consider the future of performance-enhancing environments. David Taeyaerts presented on active learning environments for health science professionals.

Faculty Focus Group - Active Learning Spaces

Teaching-Learning Center

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: Faculty Focus Group on Active Learning Spaces.