Instructional Labs

Collaborate supports technology-based teaching and learning with sixteen reservable lab spaces and three open access labs located across UCSB's main campus. These labs are located in Phelps Hall, Psychology East, the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), and the Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS) building. Our instructional labs can serve as primary teaching locations - configured either in a traditional classroom layout or arranged for group activities, lab sections, office hours, and other events as needed by campus. Instructional labs can also be reserved for independent student activities. All our labs are available for UCSB student access when not in use for a scheduled class.

Collaborate Facilities Available Across UCSB

Collaborate labs generally seat 25 students and are setup in three general formats:

Instructional Labs

Individual student stations facing a lecture station and projection surface.

Phelps 1513, 1517 (Mac Lab), 1525, 1526
Psychology East 1805, 1806
Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS) 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304

Additionally, SSMS 1301-4 have removable walls between each pair of rooms allowing for instructional space for up to 55.

Collaborative Project Labs

Individual student stations along the periphery of the room with central working space for collaborative instruction.

Phelps 1518 (Mac Lab), 1529
Social Sciences and Media Studies (SSMS) 1005, 1007

Open Access Labs

Non-classroom labs open for general use during normal hours.

HSSB 1203
Music 1401
Phelps 1521
Psychology East 1804

PrintSpot print stations are located in these labs for course-related printing.

Group Labs

Multiple large tables for group activities with one computer per group station.

Phelps 1530
Biological Sciences Instructional Facility (BSIF) 1217

Seminar Lab

A small lab with student stations part of a large conference table.

Phelps 1514

Laptop Lab

A non-classroom lab where guests can setup their laptops for general use during normal hours.

Phelps 1524

General Information

  • Specific instructional software and other lab features can be requested as part of the reservation process.
  • Student staff are also available at all locations for assistance. Look for the blue shirt and nametag.
  • For open access lab hours, questions or additional information, please check the Labs Schedule page (Requires login to campus Astra system), submit a help ticket here, or stop in at any of our open access labs during business hours.
  • Bikes and motorized scooters are not permitted in any of our labs nor may they be stored near any door.
  • No animals allowed in labs except for certified service animals.

Lab Software

List of Installed Lab Software

You can view the current list of installed lab software here.

Requesting Lab Software

Requests for specific software, or other modifications to the lab systems, must be received no later than the end of Week 9 of the preceding quarter. We consider Summer Sessions as a single academic quater.
For example: Fall 2019 requests were due before Friday, August 23. Winter Quarter 2020 requests are due before Friday, November 29th (Black Friday). Software or lab modifications requested after the dateline may not be installed.

Lab Schedules

Our general hours of operation are found on this page.

Phelps Hall - 1513-1530 Phelps

Phelps Schedules

Phelps 1513

Phelps 1514

Phelps 1517

Phelps 1518

Phelps 1525

Phelps 1526

Phelps 1529

Phelps 1530

Social Studies & Media Sciences (SSMS) - 1005, 1007, 1301-1304

SSMS Schedules

SSMS 1005

SSMS 1007

SSMS 1301

SSMS 1301 & 2 Combined

SSMS 1302

SSMS 1303

SSMS 1303 & 4 Combined

SSMS 1304

Psychology East - 1805, 1806

PsyE 1805

PsyE 1806

Reservations & Scheduling a Lab

Collaborate classrooms are available for both regularly scheduled academic courses (Sections) and any other campus related activity like office hours, study sessions, meetings, or student events (Events). Please follow the instructions relevant to what is being scheduled.

Academic Sections

Before Registrar runs Primaries and Secondaries

If you are a scheduler looking to schedule courses in Collaborate labs for an upcoming quarter please follow these instructions for each course or section that requires a lab:

In Ad Astra:

  1. Go to the preferences section of the course
  2. Find the Region box
  3. Click the X next to "Gen Acad" to delete it
  4. Click on the Add button and select "L&S Info Tec" for the Region (Make sure to set the mode to "required")
    • If your faculty member has specific requests for rooms or buildings then please make those as normal
  5. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page - there is a header labeled Meeting Notes
    • Click on the down arrow at the far right to expand the section
  6. Click on Add Note and include any and all instructor needs for the space
    • **IMPORTANT** List all software needed for the class
  7. Scroll back to the top and click save

Academic Sections

After Registrar runs Primaries and Secondaries

Please email your class needs to

In that email please include:

  • Name of section (ie: ANTH 123/0101)
  • Day(s) and Time of meetings
  • Enrollment
  • Desired room
  • Any software needs

Feel free to be as detailed in possible with your needs.


Office Hours, Campus Clubs, Meetings, Conferences, and similar

Please email your event or club needs to

In that email please include:

  • Name of event
  • Day and Time of meeting(s)
  • Expected attendance
  • Desired room(s)
  • Any software needs or other considerations

Feel free to be as detailed in possible with your needs.