Action-based learning is a creative, interactive experience that integrates individual preparation, team-based projects, and classroom discussion while effectively utilizing advanced information technology. Our facility allows us to continue to pioneer innovations that set a global standard for connecting the world of business education to business practice.

breakout rooms


winter garden

Collaborative Space

Fruitful, informal encounters that occur outside the classroom are essential to the culture of the Ross School. Accordingly, the heart of our campus is the Davidson Winter Garden, a glass-enclosed public space that facilitates gatherings both big and small of students and faculty. Surrounded by the Blau Auditorium, the Seigle Cafe, and informal meeting spaces, the bright and spacious Winter Garden is the figurative and literal center of our collaborative learning community.



There are 12 tiered, U-shaped discussion classrooms with a capacity of 85 or more. Each of these rooms has two adjacent group-study rooms to support the conversations and explorations so essential to successful team-based learning. In addition, there are five other classrooms, each with a capacity of 40, with furniture configurable to support different activities.



Seamlessly integrated technology enables students and faculty to interact with one another on campus and with project sponsors and teams all over the globe. Some of the more notable features include:

  • State-of-the-art wireless (802.IIN). No dead spots. No weak zones.
  • All classrooms have data to the seat.
  • Three mounted and pre-set video cameras per classroom.
  • One-touch Mediasite lecture-capture device in each classroom for easy multimedia capture and dissemination.
  • More than 20 group study rooms equipped with plasma screens.
  • Plasma-screen lobby kiosks with touch-screen technology to provide information about activities on the Ross campus.
  • 26 high-speed, print/scan/copy/fax devices equipped with virtual queue technology. Send your document to the virtual queue; execute task on demand.