Classroom Scheduling manages 11 different types of learning spaces across campus under the purview of University Classrooms.

The following information articulates descriptions, sizes, utilization guidelines, and layouts for the various types of instructional spaces at the University of Iowa to ensure the proper amount of space per seat/student. These classroom design standards are the measure with which future classroom planning and design should be created.

Additional information on space use codes and definitions can be found in the Facilities Information and Classification Manual.

Types of University Classrooms

Classrooms with a sloped floor or stadium seating. Desks are usually fixed tablet arm theater chairs facing the teaching area, some featuring raised teaching platforms. All contain lecterns or lectern/desks with fully embedded technology.

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A space used primarily for instruction that requires special purpose equipment or a specific space configuration for student participation, experimentation, observation, or practice in an academic discipline. 

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Classrooms that are equipped with either desktop or laptop computers for all students. These classrooms may be set with the computers in rows or with the computers along the perimeter with rows of desks in the center. These rooms are not tied to a specific subject or discipline by equipment in the room or the configuration of the space.

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A classroom that is used primarily for instruction and is not tied to a specific subject or discipline by equipment in the room or the configuration of the space. Desks are typically fixed tables and chairs that cannot be rearranged in different configurations. All contain lecterns or lectern/desks with fully embedded technology.

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A classroom that is used primarily for instruction and is not tied to a specific subject or discipline by equipment in the room or the configuration of the space. Desks are typically tablet arm chairs or moveable tables and chairs that can be rearranged in different configurations to match an instructional pedagogy. All contain lecterns or lectern/desks with fully embedded technology.

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Active-learning classrooms with round tables that seat nine students with three computers at each table. These technology-rich rooms provide central switching stations that faculty members and students can use to project images from classroom laptops to LCD screens.

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Active-learning classrooms that seat students in groups of six with furniture that provides a flexible switch between individual and group work. Laptops are provided at either a 1:1 or 1:3 student ratio.

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Active-learning classrooms that seat students in groups of five to seven with furniture that provides a flexible switch between individual and group work. Laptops are not provided in these rooms.

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Active-learning classrooms that are technology light (no provided laptops, additional monitors, or extra technology). Seating is at movable tablet-arm chairs that cluster around power pods to form groups of six, enabling different types of active-learning.

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A classroom that is used primarily for small group instruction. Seating is predominantly at tables, depending on location, where students face each other to engage in discussion.

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A room used by individuals to study at their convenience and not restricted to a particular subject or discipline by contained equipment.

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