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The University of Maryland is committed to creating classroom environments that support team-based and collaborative modes of teaching and learning. The goal in creating these new and renovated spaces around our campus is to promote student-centered teaching practices by creating technology enhanced environments that enable every person in the classroom to Teach, Engage, Respond, and Participate.

TERP Classrooms are:
  • Flexible, technology-enhanced spaces that accommodate a variety of teaching and learning styles
  • Environments free of traditional barriers where students and instructors can more easily interact with one another
  • Spaces with furniture and technology solutions that allow students to work in groups, collaborate, and master cooperative learning techniques

The first TERP classroom was created in 2013. Since then nine more have been added to our inventory and by 2017 the number will grow to well over twenty! To provide continuity between classroom resources on campus, four primary types have been created: Tiered-Collaborative, 6Round, Eye2Eye, and Media Share.

For a complete listing of TERP Classrooms click here


Tiered-Collaborative

Specialized fixed seating is arranged in rows on tiers that are two rows wide to allow students in each pair of rows to easily collaborate around a central table for team-based exercises.
tiered collaborative classroom

6Round

These rooms are designed without a primary teaching wall; with round tables where students sit in groups of six throughout the space. The instructor’s station is in the middle of the room and marker boards are situated on the perimeter walls adjacent to each of the round tables. One projection screen on each of four walls allows viewing of up to two images simultaneously from any seat in the room.
6 round collaborative classroom

Eye2Eye

Highly flexible furnishings in the form of mobile student desks with tablet arms and integrated storage compartments allow these spaces to be quickly reconfigured in any number of arrangements throughout the day to suit a variety of interactive activities. In addition to projection screens, the perimeter walls feature abundant writing surfaces.
eye2eye collaborative classroom

Media Share

Peninsula-style student tables flank the outer walls of the room, each equipped with a shared computer where students may work together on projects in groups six and share content via the shared screens within their group or the entire class through a dynamic software package.
media_share collaborative classroom

Requesting TERP Classrooms

TERP Classrooms are available for department schedulers to request during the department online scheduling period. Please be advised that courses scheduled in TERP rooms must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must follow standard course times defined as:
    • MWF - 50 minutes, on the hour, 8am - 4pm
    • TH - 75 minutes, 15 min break between classes, 8am - 5pm
  2. Must meet 80% seat fill requirement.
  3. Scheduler to add NON PRINT NOTE in SIS with the following information:
    1. Identify which type of TERP room (i.e. 6Round, Eye2Eye, etc.) is requested, and whether a specific location is preferred.
    2. Provide one sentence stating why this type of room is being requested.
    3. Provide one sentence to explain how the design of this room lends itself to the instructor's intended course design or delivery method.

For assistance in reserving one of these spaces outside of the department online scheduling period, contact schedule@umd.edu. Direct any questions about TERP Classrooms to Hilary Gossett, Assistant Director of Academic Facilities at hgossett@umd.edu.