The layout and environment of a classroom can have a big impact on learning. As part of the UCI Strategic Pillar 2, first in class, Vice Provost Michael Dennin is focused on building infrastructures to support effective teaching and learning.

One of the most exciting advances can be seen in the new active learning classroom building, the Anteater Learning Pavilion (ALP), which is on track to open in Fall 2018.

Situated between Humanities Hall and Steinhaus Hall, it will feature:

  • Two large lecture halls (400 and 250 seats)
  • Six large classrooms (60 to 102 seats)
  • Four small classrooms (30 seats)
  • Three computer labs (20 to 100 seats)
  • Six LARC tutorial rooms (16 to 32 seats)

These spaces significantly expand on UCI’s three existing active learning classrooms (SE 101, AIRB 1030, and PSCB 140), with furniture configurations and technologies that more effectively support student interaction and collaboration.

“The Anteater Learning Pavilion is nothing short of magnificent,” says Michael Dennin. “I am excited for both students and faculty who will soon have access to the new active learning classrooms.”

Although completion of the building is still several months away, scheduling for Fall 2018 classes begins in January. Faculty interested in holding classes in the ALP should familiarize themselves with the process for using the classrooms, working through the Schedule of Classes Coordinators in their department to submit room requests by March 9.

Active Learning Institute

To prepare the campus for these new spaces and to support their effective use, the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) will offer the Active Learning Institute (formerly the Engaged Learning Institute). Although not strictly for faculty who want to use the ALP, the Institute is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn ways to incorporate more active learning activities in their classrooms.

Priority Scheduling for Certified Instructors

The ALP lecture halls and large classrooms (60+ seats) are part of a pilot program to give certified instructors priority access to these classrooms. Currently, faculty can become certified in one of two ways: attend the Active Learning Institute or complete a consultation and classroom observation with DTEI. To learn more and to begin the certification process, please visit

Anteater Learning Pavilion Website

The newly launched ALP website ( provides information on classroom capacities, layouts, and technologies. It will be regularly updated and expanded as construction progresses and more details are finalized.