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Bell Library Active Learning Classroom Information



The Bell Library Active Learning Classroom is located in room 126 on the library's first floor in the Learning Commons Area. 

The Active Learning Classroom is an instructional space designed to facilitate active, collaborative learning experiences and support multiple instructional modalities, including hybrid. The Active Learning Classroom's layout and furniture are designed to seat a total of 42 students in table configurations optimized for small-group work and content sharing from multiple student devices.

Room Capacity, Features, & Spaces

  • Seats 42 students
  • 1 entry table at main door
  • Instructor PC podium with touchscreen monitor.
  • 2 teaching areas - 6 pod configurations for group work, 1 seminar area with whiteboard wall
  • 1 pod can seat 5 (or more) students; seminar area is equipped with 12 seats.
  • 7 rolling whiteboards
  • 2 mobile charging tables

The Active Learning Classroom is a Bring Your Own Device Space

A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classroom does not have a computer for each student, unlike a traditional computer lab. 

If you are attending a class in the Active Learning Classroom, you have a few options for checking out a laptop.

A limited amount of laptops (24 laptops total) are available for 3 hour check out at two laptop lending kiosk stations

 Kiosk 1 (12 laptops) is located on the 1st floor right inside the front door and opposite to the Circulation desk. 

Kiosk 2 (12 laptops) is located on the 2nd floor near the Immersive Reality Lab (IRL). 

Additionally a limited number of laptops only for Graduate Students are available for check out at I-Create on the 2nd floor.




Each one of the Active Learning Classroom's student tables have a single PC with a large adjustable monitor, keyboard, and mouse that students without devices can share.

Log in to these PCs with your IslandID and password the same way you log into library and computer lab computers on campus. 

There are also charging devices at each student table for devices.

Need Assistance?

For technology assistance in the Active Learning Classroom during business hours Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, please contact Library Technology Services at or 361-825-5528. 

For Faculty & Staff - How to Reserve

Faculty may reserve library classrooms for faculty-led instruction for a single instance (not for an entire semester) using the Instruction Request Form

Priority is given to faculty-led First-Year classes, I-Know classes and librarian-led instruction sessions before March 15th in Spring Semesters and October 15th in Fall Semesters.

Requests for faculty-led sessions outside of these categories for dates before March 15/October 15 will be considered on an individual basis depending on availability. 

Active Learning Classroom Reservation Schedule

Check the Weekly Listing

The Computer Availability in the Library page contains a new tab for the ALC displaying the current week's scheduled classes, a 3D image of the room, and short description advising users of the room's BYOD status.

Coming Soon: Room Reservation Display

The Active Learning Classroom room reservation display located outside the double doors is currently being installed. When active, the monitor will display scheduled classes from the room booking calendar.