Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Teach in a CTL Classroom (or 17 HLH TEAL/Watson A74, B74)

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning (301 York Street) in Sterling Memorial Library features several spaces designed to accommodate courses and other teaching and learning activities. To request CTL space for a Yale class or related activity, please review the information below and submit the application form, two weeks prior to your requested date. Due to expected demand, we may not be able to accommodate all requests to use the CTL for courses. This form should also be used to submit requests to teach in the Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom located at 17 Hillhouse Ave. and Watson Center (60 Sachem St.) Rooms A74 and B74. 

Items to know before completing the form:

As you will see when reviewing the descriptions of our classrooms, the largest class we can accommodate in the CTL is 35 students. Please be mindful of this space limit when considering whether the CTL might be the right location for your course. The TEAL classroom and Watson Center classrooms can accommodate more than 35 students.  

Please note that you are expected to bring your own technological equipment when utilizing CTL rooms (e.g. Mac laptop adaptors, presentation advancers/clickers, power adapters).

With extreme rare exception, courses are assigned to CTL for one semester with the expectation that they will rotate to another space on campus in order to provide more faculty the opportunity to teach in the CTL. We will work with instructors  to ensure that the course activities implemented  during your semester in the CTL can be translated into most other classrooms at Yale. This approach DOES NOT apply to use of the TEAL classroom. The practice has been established to allow instructors to teach in the TEAL classroom for numerous consecutive semesters or years and that will not change. 

In response to faculty suggestions, the CTL and the University Registrar will collaborate to consider as part of this process requests for use of  the TEAL  classroom located at 17 Hillhouse Ave and Watson Center A74 and B74. Faculty assigned to teach in either CTL space or the TEAL classroom through the CTL’s intake process will benefit from early assignment with ample lead time to design their course and consult with the CTL.

The CTL will prioritize space assignments for courses that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Courses taught by faculty seeking to work with the CTL team on elements of course design and assessment.
  2. Courses that involve developing a pedagogical model or approach that can be replicated in other courses.
  3. Courses that leverage the space design by engaging students in active learning and/or thoughtful use of technology.
  4. Courses that leverage the centrality and visibility of the CTL to showcase excellent teaching practices.
  5. Courses that have not already been taught in CTL space.

Timing and notification:

For fall semester courses: submit your classroom request for the CTL, Wtason, or TEAL by June 30. We will notify instructors of assignments in the CTL, Watson, or TEAL by mid-July. Requests that arrive later will be considered within two weeks after receipt, if capacity allows.

For spring semester courses: submit your classroom request by the second week in November. We will notify instructors of assignments in the CTL, Watson, or TEAL following November recess. Requests that arrive later will be considered within two weeks after receipt, if capacity allows.

For one-time or short-term use of spaces: submit your request two weeks before your class session. We will review requests with our internal space planning committee to assess availability and support capacity.    

The CTL will review the list of proposed courses with the CTL Advisory Board. This group represents our key campus partners and can offer guidance about the teaching examples we host in our space.