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v1.0, published 2/17/17

Strategy Statement: UW-IT's CTE provides innovative and improved teaching and learning experience in general use classrooms and departmentally owned learning spaces across the UW-Seattle campus. Our focus on faculty and student satisfaction enables the UW to compete for the best and most highly sought after students and faculty.

Vision: Teaching and learning at the UW are enabled by effective and inspiring physical learning environments that support rapidly changing teaching practices and curriculum.

  • Consumer and industrial technology changes. Rapid evolution of devices such as phones and tablets and expectations of easy and robust connectivity anywhere/anytime.
  • Faculty expectations and limited time and availability to learn and adopt new teaching technology tools.
  • Driven by student expectations and pedagogical changes, i.e. flipped classrooms and active learning stressing student learning and peer-to-peer experiences, are changing the concepts of what is an effective learning space/classroom.
  • Societal and legal requirements for appropriate accommodations for students with differing learning styles and needed support for learning modalities. Student demand for opportunities to review in-class information off-line and on demand.
  • Constricted funding for modernization and maintenance of learning spaces and gradual loss of classroom/learning spaces due to building renovations and privately funded research facilities requires teaching and learning support agencies to be efficient and effective with resources and includes the need to balance reliability and robustness against new and cutting edge concepts.
  • High tuition and fees result in the need for students to see the value of their funds in the classrooms/learning spaces provided to them by the UW. This includes painting the walls, updating the furniture, in addition to the level of technology.
  • Competition is a driver for self sustaining programs, such as the Foster evening program. For general classrooms, how much does the facility state factor in to student enrollment and retention.
  • Virtualization of the collaborative experience.
  • Increased awareness of safety needs to campus.


  • Continue ongoing classroom technology upgrade projects using standardized technology designs and equipment.
  • Expand technology use monitoring; data collection to enable data-driven decisions.
  • Expand outreach to teaching faculty to assist instructors with better understanding and usage of new instructional technologies.
  • Solidify partnerships across the UW between the support groups dedicated to Teaching and Learning and faculty and student support.
  • Continue robust schedule of total renovation of existing general use classrooms to create learning spaces appropriate for changing pedagogues and practices.
  • Continue to develop new sandbox learning spaces where instructors and students can practice using newest and various technologies



  • Provide a classroom "kiosk" that replicates a typical classroom. Develop as-you-need instructional information to support use of classroom technologies.
  • Develop universal design standards applicable to all three campus classrooms as well as departmental spaces.
  • Expand efforts to support instructors assigned to recently renovated/updated classrooms to meet with instructors.
  • Collect customer feedback on the student satisfaction.
  • Understanding the competitive landscape for virtual collaboration, and develop a road map.
  • Flexible technology.
  • Improvements to classroom design standards.
  • Facilitate pedagogical changes to support new teaching styles. 
  • More students served by using active learning classrooms.
  • Effective use of installed technologies. 
  • Users have the knowledge they need.
  • Expanded use of course recording.
  • Greater understanding of classroom user satisfaction.
  • Identify student need for providing technology. Such as polling technologies.
  • Provide AV assistance intercom at podiums.
  • Provide the same support to departmental classrooms that exists in the general classrooms.
  • The campus community feels safer in classrooms.
  • Every classroom will be checked by the preventative maintenance team every day.


Contributors:   Roberta Hopkins Jake Kulstad Mike Baskett Amy Batzel Alvah J Sewell David Nutting David Cornwell Philip J. Reid