University of Maryland College Park
The Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center
College Park, Maryland
The Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Maryland College Park, also know as “The Eddie,” was dedicated in 2017. The 187,000 square-foot space, which includes 12 classrooms and nine teaching labs with a total of 1,500 seats, elevated the culture of collaborative learning on campus.
The facility is a national model of collaborative learning, transforming the classroom experience and shaping the way faculty teach. It was the first building built in the center of campus in over 50 years, and serves 12,000 students per day.
Innovative TERP Classroom design include features like round tables or a tiered structure, which allows students to move seamlessly from lecture to discussion mode and promote group interaction and problem-solving. This reflects the changing role of faculty, from lecturers to becoming more of the facilitators of learning and teaching — creating innovative thinkers and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.