Active Learning Classrooms
(also called SCALE-UP or Studio Classrooms)

The classroom is an important situational factor for our teaching, one that can present both obstacles and opportunities. From the type and arrangement of the furniture, to the available analog and digital technologies, the features of a classroom enable or hinder various teaching practices, and they can shape students’ expectations of their role (and ours) in a learning experience.

To support faculty developing and implementing active forms of teaching and learning (e.g., collaborative problem-solving, small group peer review, role-play activities, case study analysis and discussion, etc.), FSU is invested in building active learning classrooms that will help facilitate creative and innovative approaches to learning-centered teaching.

We’re defining active learning classrooms are ones in which the furniture is designed to be mobile. (Of course, standard tablet arm desks can also be moved around, and many faculty facilitate active learning in classrooms not officially designated as such—some even do so in rooms that are obstacles for active learning.) Below is a list of 14 classrooms (plus one to come) with movable desks, tables with chairs that can move, or even tables that can move and chairs that are easily moved:

RoomRoom TypeCapacity
BRY 0303Active Learning Classroom21
DIF 0112Classroom25
DIF 0114Classroom25
DIF 0116Classroom28
DIF 0118Classroom23
DIF 0124Classroom22
DIF 0201Lecture Hall140
DIF 0204Classroom70
DIF 0210Classroom25
DIF 0212Classroom21
DIF 0214Classroom26
DIF 0216Classroom22
DIF 0226Classroom22
DIF 0228Classroom45
DIF 0230Classroom55
DIF 0232Classroom25
DIF 0234Classroom22
DIF 0236Classroom22
DIF 0310Classroom25
DIF 0312Classroom25
DIF 0314Classroom25
HCB 0308Active Learning Classroom72
HWC 3502Interactive Active Learning Classroom48
MCH 0303Active Learning Classroom63
MCH 0315Active Learning Classroom81
PDB A0105Active Learning Classroom50
RSB 0150Active Learning Classroom42
SCN 0204Active Learning Classroom100
STB G150Active Learning Classroom30
UCC 1701Active Learning Classroom45
UCC 1702Active Learning Classroom51
UCC 1703Active Learning Classroom77
UCC 1704Active Learning Classroom38
UCC 1705Active Learning Classroom30
WJB G0039Active Learning Classroom49

Several of these rooms are pre-assigned to departments, meaning that those departments’ faculty regularly use the rooms and their schedulers will have the first opportunity to reserve them, but there are many times when the rooms are unused and available to be booked by others. If you’re interested in using an active learning classroom, talk to the scheduler in your department. In Astra, schedulers can search for these rooms and determine whether they are available during the times your class meets. CAT can also help with identifying when the rooms are available.

The registrar looks forward to cooperating with schedulers to encourage the use of these rooms and the kinds of learning experiences they can help to facilitate.

Of course, the room doesn’t design the learning experience, you do, and the teaching method is a more important and influential factor for student learning than the classroom. We’re here to support you with your course design and teaching practices. If you’d like to work on incorporating team-based learning, in-class problem solving, writing-to-learn activities, structured group discussions, collaborative projects, or any other approach to active learning, we’re happy to meet with you. Based on what you want to do, we can also help you figure out what kind of active learning space you need. You can set up a consultation by emailing us at We look forward to working with you!