Suitability of Courses for the CLSs

The Collaborative Learning Spaces feature many unique characteristics that help to create outstanding learning environments.  All of the CLSs have the following characteristics:

  • round or rectangular tables for 4-6 students that instructors and learning assistants can access
  • adjustable height swivel chairs
  • projectors/screens and monitors throughout the room to ensure that all students have a good view of the materials being projected
  • enhanced networks to accommodate courses with heavy use of technology
  • ample power outlets at the tables or around the perimeter of room
  • sound-absorbing carpet and a splash of color on an accent wall to create an inviting learning environment
  • tabletop whiteboards for each table

The qualities of instructors that thrive in teaching in Collaborative Learning Spaces are described in this handout:

Profile of a Successful CLS Instructor 

Instructors who are uncertain about the suitability of their courses or wish to transform their courses and need help, should contact Erin Dokter, edokter@email.arizona.edu, for additional resources that are available to all UA instructors.