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Transforming Historic Norman Hall for 21st Century Education

PHOTO: Oct. 2019 - Instructor teaching in renovated Norman Hall classroom

The venerable 87-year old Norman Hall reopened for the 2019-20 academic year after a $30+ million rehabilitation. The renovations completely modernized its learning spaces, and added 16 new classrooms, new group study rooms, and numerous meeting and collaboration spaces for College of Education students, faculty, and staff.

“The Norman Hall classrooms were upgraded with presentation technologies, new furniture, lighting, and acoustics,” noted Tom Dana, professor and associate dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Education. “Our classrooms are now designed to reduce teaching friction and to align with innovative pedagogy. It’s great to have classroom configurations that are standardized, more user-friendly, visually appealing, welcoming, and flexible.”

Mark McCallister, UFIT’s director of Academic Technology, views the investment in UF’s physical learning spaces as a key to UF’s future:

“The modern approach to the teaching & learning environment in the refreshed Norman Hall enables the College of Education to continue as an international leader in advancing the state of the art in education.”

The facilities have the most current learning space technologies including laser projection, whiteboards, and 4k presentation displays, while also supporting the increasing number of wireless mobile devices students bring to class. Faculty wanting assistance in implementing new classroom pedagogies can contact the Center for Instructional Technology & Training (