The end of the first participant table on each side of the facilitator should be positioned approximately even with the front edge of the instructor's table. Chairs are placed around the outer edges of the participant tables so that all learners are facing the center of the "U." Additional participants can be added by also placing chairs inside the "U" so that learners are on both sides of tables. This can help increase networking and communication while better facilitating small group activities. To prevent the feeling of being in a bowling alley (e.g., long distance from the front of the room to the farthest table in the "U"), the width and length of the table setup should be approximately the same. Additional tables or chairs can be placed in corners of the room for use with breakout activities.
Maximum no. of participants
Twenty-four. This number can be increased by placing chairs on the inside of tables within the "U."
Facilitates close contact between facilitator and participants.
Allows easy distribution of materials to participants.
Most participants have eye-to-eye contact with one another and with the trainer.
Participants can easily view audiovisual aids at the front of the room.
All participants have writing surfaces.
There is room for small group interaction (chairs can also be placed inside the "U" or in corners of the room for this purpose).
Physical barriers (tables) separate participants from one another.
Regular eye contact with some people in the room is awkward owing to the linear configuration of the tables on either side of the "U." For example, participants at each end of the table cannot easily see those to their far right or left.
Instructor-dominant configuration where the trainer is placed as the center of attention and perceived as being in charge.
If an instructor resource table is used, especially if it is turned horizontally between the trainer and participants, there is a physical barrier separating the two.
Requires more space than some other configurations. Limits the number of participants to approximately 24.
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