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ESJ Terp Classrooms

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 spaces 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

UMD academic departments may reserve space through their scheduling officer. If you do not have a scheduling officer, please email with your request.

Tiered Collaborative

Tiered collaborative rooms offer specialized fixed-seating arranged on tiers that are two rows deep. This allows students in each pair of rows to easily collaborate around a central table for team-based exercises. 

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Tiered Collaborative Classroom


Tiered Collaborative Classroom

6Round spaces 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.

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Media Share

Media Share rooms offer peninsula-style student tables that flank the outer walls of the room. Each station is equipped with a computer where students may work together on projects in groups of six and share content via the screens with the entire class through a dynamic software package.

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Tiered Collaborative Classroom


Highly flexible furnishings in the form of mobile student desks with tablet arms and integrated storage compartments (or mobile student tables and chairs) 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.

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Huddle Rooms


Huddle Rooms are intimate conference rooms where students can have meetings, work on class projects, or connect with collaborators around the world. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.

Huddle Rooms

Public Spaces

Unique spaces for poster sessions and small gatherings to compliment an academic event already scheduled in the building. ESJ’s general spaces are not available for office parties or sit-down meals. Please email for more information.

ESJ Public Spaces
ESJ Public Spaces

Green Roof

The Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center includes two green roofs. The largest of the two was designed primarily to serve storm water management needs as part of ESJ's sustainability goals and has a more shallow growing medium to suit vegetation specific to this purpose.

The second green roof has been designed for use as a teaching and research space to provide students in Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture with hands-on experience in the green-roof environment and includes a deeper growing medium to allow for a wider variety of planting possibilities.

ESJ Green Roof

Chemistry Labs

Nine state-of-the-art Chemistry Teaching Laboratories support undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry Education and are adjacent to Chemistry tutorial and teaching faculty spaces. The ground floor Chemistry Stockroom is typically staffed Mon-Fri from 9:30a - 6p. The lab technician can be reached at 301-405-1840 or

ESJ Chemistry Labs
ESJ Chemistry Labs