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 over 170 classrooms and created over 50 Oases for students. Give to Project Oasis.


Thomas Beckham Hall Classrooms

From retail space to learning place

TBH 78-seat classroom

TBH 32-seat classroom

TBH Oases

TBH Oases

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.

Burnham Hall B6

Newly renovated 46-seat classroom in Burnham Hall.

Pharmacy B6

Newly renovated 48-seat team based classroom in Pharmacy.


Newly renovated 50-seat classroom in SPHPI.


Chicago Design/Architecture Think Tank Explores Health, Safety, and WELLfare

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

“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.