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Biology Teaching and Learning Debuts New Space

The department looks to spark collaboration with a new office for faculty and staff based on open-concept workspace.

With the recent launch of BTL Commons in Moos Tower, the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning hopes to build connections and promote collaboration among faculty and staff in their daily work. The new department home features open, accessible, flexible work spaces, lots of glass and natural light.

“The BTL Commons will help catalyze new collaborations, which was a top item on our wish list,” says Robin Wright, BTL department head. “I have personally enjoyed being able to touch base more frequently and get instant advice about everything from an exam question to a grant idea.”

Biology Teaching and Learning Commons

Part of the open concept in the BTL Commons includes cubicles with low walls that make interaction easier.

BTL commons table space

Staff and faculty can use cubicles or open table and desk space to get work done.

BTL open space

In addition to cubicle and desk space, faculty and staff can meet with each other or students in open areas with couches and chairs in the space. 

BTL open house

Staff and faculty socialized and explores the new space at the BTL Commons open house November 11.