UA's Collaborative Learning Space

Collaborative Learning Spaces

The University of Arizona has made a strong commitment to the improvement of teaching quality. Hundreds of studies show that  students learn more and fail less when active learning strategies are used. To this end, Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) that facilitate collaborative active learning have been created. In these spaces, faculty members are using innovative teaching and learning strategies that promote higher order thinking that leads to better understanding and improved ability to transfer knowledge to other applications. These rooms are an important component of the University's commitment to continuous improvement and culture change.

Numerous studies provide significant evidence that engagement is critical to the success of students. Collaborative active learning in the classroom is an important strategy for achieving student engagement. The University of Arizona has committed to developing a wide-variety of centrally-scheduled Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) to provide environments that supports active learning pedagogies and promote higher level thinking. In Summer 2018, 5 new Collaborative Learning Spaces (CLSs) as well as 5 new Flexible Learning Spaces (FLSs) were constructed. A Flexible Learning Space is designed to accommodate small group work similar to Collaborative Learning Spaces as well as whole group discussions or short engaging lectures. The below list describes the renovations that were completed during Summer 2018 including several lecture halls that were updated to improve the student experience in large classes.


Large CLS

It's a campus-wide, collaborative effort to transform a wide variety of centrally-scheduled classrooms into Collaborative Learning Spaces. 

List of All Innovative Learning Spaces

Determine if a CLS is a good fit for you and become a Preferred Instructor. Learn how to request a CLS for your upcoming class.

Suitability of Courses for the CLSs
Zoë Cohen

CLS Instructors and their team of Learning Assistants need to prepare for the unique learning environment in the Collaborative Learning Spaces.

Learning Assistant Program