Greenlaw 101 was renovated to become the University’s first interactive lecture hall.
Moveable tables and chairs replaced the classroom's fixed stadium seating to help students interact with instructors. Course contents will be digitally shown on screens hanging along the walls.
The completed classroom, which is being used for the first time this semester, cost an estimated $314,886.
Devin Hubbard, a biomedical engineering lecturer, said he loves the classroom because it helps him employ interactive teaching.
Hubbard said in a traditional, auditorium-style classroom, students seated in the front rows get all the attention from the professors. He said Greenlaw 101 helps shift instructors' attention to students because instructors can move throughout the classroom and interact with students.
“The difference between Greenlaw 101 and a traditional classroom is the layout of Greenlaw 101 intentionally... encourages an interactive environment with the students and the faculty member teaching,” Hubbard said.
Junior physics student Quique Toloza said the new classroom design helps him stay focused and engaged with professors.
“I get bored in traditional classrooms, big lecture halls, like they are boring. It’s easy to fall asleep and to get distracted," Toloza said. “And this one, it’s easier to follow the professor. It’s nice to sit with people like that — it’s a lot more comfortable."
Junior biology student Alex Wilson said the classroom helps his instructor move around and interact with students.