Moderate talking, social learning, and collaboration are encouraged on the 1st & 2nd Floors of Geisel and the 1st Floor of the Biomedical Library Building. Snacks and beverages in containers with lids are also permitted in these spaces. See details about cell phone use in our Use & Conduct Policies.
Geisel offers several rooms specifically intended for collaboration. Rooms 1 & 2 (Geisel East, 2nd Floor) and 1042 & 1045 (Geisel West, 1st Floor) include large monitors to which you can hook your laptop for viewing with a group. MediaScapes are available in Rooms 1040 & 1041 (Geisel West, 1st Floor) which allow you to plug in up to 4 laptops for easy viewing on 2 large monitors.
Located in Room 2093 in the Geisel East Commons (2nd Floor), the Active Learning Lab is intended as an open-use, collaborative study space for groups of various sizes. It is not reservable, but can accommodate several groups at once and can be reconfigured easily to suit a variety of collaboration needs. The room includes mobile chairs and tables (with writable surfaces), ample wall-mounted whiteboards, free-standing whiteboards (which can also be used to separate work groups, if needed), and an easel with personal whiteboards.
The Geisel Large Adaptive Study Space (GLASS), Room 721 on Geisel Library's 7th floor, is a large study / collaboration room that can accommodate between five and sixteen people. The GLASS features eight small movable, reconfigurable tables, wall whiteboards, and personal whiteboards.
A Collaboration Table is located in Cubicle 5 of Geisel's East Commons (2nd Floor). The table’s touch-based web browser includes a virtual keyboard and allows up to 4 users to simultaneously access the internet. The table allows users to toggle between up to 4 active desktops, enabling up to 4 users to connect, collaborate, and interact individually or collectively. The table allows up to 4 laptops to be connected and shown simultaneously on the multi-touch, interactive horizontal screen, while content can also be shown on the vertical screen for easier group viewing. Users can view, present, and annotate slides in popular formats such as PDF and PPT. Documents can be uploaded to the table via USB flash drive. Users can annotate content with several tools, including colored lines, circles, squares, or text. The table’s digital whiteboard allows users to sketch freehand with a finger or stylus to draw lines or shapes or enter text. Page turns are conducted by swiping across the interactive screen. Annotated slides can be saved to a USB flash drive or emailed directly from the table.
Several group study cubicles have been added to the Geisel East Commons (2nd floor). These semi-private spaces have a table and four chairs, and ample power outlets. Most are first come, first served, during all open hours. One cubicle is designated for Instructor / TA Consultation and one for Academic Partnership Consultation. Both are clearly marked, and can be reserved by approved academic partners, TAs, and instructors. When not reserved these two cubicles can be used on a first come, first served basis. Check the calendar posted near those spaces to see reserved time slots.
These rooms are available on Floors 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 in Geisel and on both floors of the Biomedical Library Building. Keep in mind, however, that Geisel Floors 4-8 and the Biomedical Library’s 2nd Floor are designated for quiet study, so please keep your voices at a moderate level to avoid disturbing those outside the room.
Although all rooms are available for open use when not reserved by others, be sure to reserve a room in order to avoid having to leave if reserved by someone else.
Send questions, comments, and suggestions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.
Last revised: D. Tweedy, 4/28/17