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Classroom Technology

There are various types of classrooms available at Michigan State University. The Office of Planning and Budgets provides a picture of each instructional space online.

Most traditional classrooms on campus, regardless of size, are equipped with a technology cart and at least one projector. (Read detailed equipment descriptions about what technology is standard in most campus classrooms.)

IT Services provides design consultation and audiovisual (A/V) integration and installation for classrooms and conference rooms used for meeting, teaching, and recreational facilities on campus.

Additionally, IT Services also offers equipment installation, maintenance, repair services, and technical support to keep campus classrooms and university spaces in working order.

Active Learning Classrooms

MSU offers several types of active learning classroom configurations with varying technical capabilities. (Read more about different active learning tools.)

Classrooms with basic technical capabilities either have moveable (wheeled) chairs or have tables and chairs. The classrooms with wheeled chairs offer a class layout that can be rearranged within minutes depending on class needs. The classrooms with tables and chairs are broken up for group work as needed. A technology cart and at least one projector are installed in these rooms.

Intermediate Technical Capabilities

MSU currently has two small classrooms with intermediate technical capabilities: C131 Holden and 175 Brody, and one large classroom with intermediate capabilities, 1200 MPS.

The room in Holden had six oval tables with seating for eight students at each table. There is power and video at each table. Three screens and projectors display content from the instructor's technology cart. The instructor can also select, via the Crestron Touch-Panel System, which student table's content should be displayed for the class.

The room, 175 Brody, has a capacity of 40 students and similar technical capabilities as C131 Holden. One difference is the that 175 Brody has movable tables and chairs that can be arranged into "pods" of four to eight students or into a "U-Shape" or basically any layout that would best accomplish the instructor's leaning objectives. Power and video access is provided via floor panels.

The auditorium style lecture room 1200 PSS seats about 200 students and is designed to allow active learning exercises. The room is tiered and each tier has two rows of tables and chairs to allow students in the front row to turn around and work in groups with students in the back row of the same tier.

Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL)

Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning (REAL) spaces feature an instructor station, four flat panel displays around the room, dual flat panel displays at each table, and whiteboards around the room for each table. These rooms have 10 semi-circular tables and can generally accommodate 60 students.

In addition, N124 Business College Complex is based on the REAL concept. This rooms differs from the McDonel rooms in that there are no tables; rather there are wheeled chairs. The room has whiteboards on all the walls and there are nine pedestals that provide power and video connections for student groups. Each pedestal is also associated with a flat panel display and there are two projectors for use with the technology cart.


Call the MSU IT Service Support Desk at (517) 432-6200 for classroom or computer lab support.


Because of their portable nature, Student Response Systems (Clickers) can be used in any classroom. Clickers are remote devices used to promote active student engagement.

Clicker systems help promote student learning by transforming a lecture into an active and participatory learning environment.

Read about more active learning tools.

A/V and IT room integrations

IT Services provides design consultation and media and technology equipment installation for MSU classrooms conference rooms.

Example configurations:

Secure Web Browser

MSU computer labs and technology classrooms offer a secure web browser option that can be used for proctoring online assessments in the Desire2Learn Learning Management System.