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NCompass Live: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall
 

NCompass Live: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall

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The University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) Learning Commons opened softly the Fall of 2010 with the goal of coordinating multiple academics student services in one convenient place. Now, nearly three ...

The University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) Learning Commons opened softly the Fall of 2010 with the goal of coordinating multiple academics student services in one convenient place. Now, nearly three years later, the UNKLC has become a hot spot for campus partnerships that contribute to the students’ academic success. Learn out why it started, how far it’s come, and where it’s going next. Speakers: Keri Pearson, Interim Assistant Director, UNK Learning Commons; Dr. Ron Wirtz, Assistant Director of the Learning Commons for the Library.

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  • Learning Commons UNK (C&U) Ronald Wirtz; Coordinator of User Services, Keri Pearson; Coordinator of Academic Peer Tutoring and Assessment, TaffneeFaimon; Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Jon Ritterbush; Electronic Resources Librarian: The UNK Learning Commons will have its “Grand Opening” in the Calvin T. Ryan Library at UNK for the Fall Semester, 2011. However, the Learning Commons has been operating successfully in temporary space in the Library for an entire year. We will present describe how the project developed over approximately two years from the inception of the idea to the completed facility and discuss our vision for the future.
  • The Peer Tutoring program had far outgrown the space available for the program between 2003 and 2008.
  • This graph of Writing Center use shows the fluctuation of attendance over years, due mostly to changing leadership (or lack thereof). A program review of the Writing Center showed need for more space by 2010.
  • The Peer Tutoring program had far outgrown the space available for the program between 2003 and 2008.
  • Serendipity also played an important part in the development of the UNK Learning Commons, at least in the origin of the project, which started with a discussion between Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Gail Zeller, and Dean Janet Wilke of the Library.
  • Another important focus at UNK is a commitment to producing graduates who will possess the skills and attitudes needed for lifelong learning. As noted in the UNK strategic plan, this will include emphasis on technical and information literacy, as well as in the traditional literacy skills of reading and writing.
  • No matter what form a Learning Commons may take, the core ideas are the same.
  • Before we get started, we would like to address the Learning Commons idea as we discovered it ourselves through research. We found that, physically, a “Learning Commons” can take on many forms and describe very different spaces. It can encompass student services like tutoring and advising or focus on technology and information access. It can exist as stand-alone buildings or be housed within libraries or other campus facilities. It can brandish cutting edge architecture or simply tweak existing design. Of course, many of these elements already exist within your campuses (maybe even in tandem), but in a Learning Commons there is a deliberate effort to make services seamless from the student perspective.
  • At UNK, our model focuses on three main partners in facilitating student success: the Library, the Peer Tutoring program, and the Writing Center. …We come together with the common vision of helping students succeed, which sometimes gets lost across campus boundaries from building to building, program to program.
  • Based on a concept created by Writing Center and Learning Commons staff, the campus architect quickly developed a preliminary plan for the space. In the course of many discussions among staff, administration, architects and students, numerous modifications were made to this plan, including a number of changes during the actual construction process.
  • At the same time, the Writing Center Director who was tapped to run the Learning Commons moved to China. Also, Learning Commons construction was delayed due to design challenges and the realization that a quick remodel was not possible given the vision of the project.
  • When it became apparent that construction in the new Learning Commons area would not be completed on schedule, the entire west half of the second floor of the Library – an area of around 3700 square feet - was designated as a temporary location for both the Peer Tutoring Program and the Writing Center.
  • Gate count statistics are gathered automatically by counters installed in electronic gates at the entrance and exit of the library. This chart shows monthly total gate counts over a multi-year period – gate count figures are generally several times a month, then totalled:As noted in this quotation from Dean Janet Wilke addressed to SVC Charlie Bicak:“In Library jargon, "Gate Count" refers to the number of bodies physically passing through the library's gate counter. Since we don't require any type of formal check in when users enter, the numbers are most useful in showing broad trends but are less useful when assessing actual "usage." (By-the-way, the numbers can be "shocking" (more people than live in Kearney!) but keep in mind that, for example, staff are counted when they head out the door to a meeting!) (Just by way of explanation: the gate mechanism counts people coming in and leaving. We then divide by two.) Gate Count numbers are compiled by week and month. Now that the month of September is complete, the total is 38,876, up 24.38% over September 2010 at 29,647.”
  • The main floor of the Library also houses an academic department. The space is no longer really adequate for the programs of that department, and the Library APR includes a proposal that the space revert to the Library for Learning Commons programs.UNK’s Senior Vice Chancellor specifically asked for the inclusion of this information in the Library APR, and the academic department concerned is aware of and approves of moving to a location that will be better adapted to their needs.With additional space, other student services could move to the Library as well, facilitating further program “seamlessness” for UNK students.

NCompass Live: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall NCompass Live: Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall Presentation Transcript

  • Learning the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall Keri Pearson, Dr. Ron Wirtz University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Vision Transition Reality The Future http://silverspeaks.com/blogs/2011/01/dancing-with-change-step-3/ Learning the Learning Commons
  • Silo-ed Existence (2009) Writing Center housed in the Library but with very little collaboration beyond space Peer Tutoring in a hallway of the Student Affairs building and typically regarded as a remedial service Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Library “Gate Count” Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Library Study Space
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Changing Leadership
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Original Writing Center Space
  • Spring 2009 Program Review Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Original Peer Tutoring Space
  • serendipity, n. Pronunciation: /sɛrɛnˈdɪpɪtɪ/ Etymology:A word coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed it upon the title of the fairy-tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’, the heroes of which ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’. The faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident. From: Oxford English Dictionary (Online) Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Ideas between Deans of the Library and Student Affairs moved “up” to higher administration The UNK Mission Statement was a developmental focal point. III. Student Development Goal (Objective 1): Develop a comprehensive strategy that will guide planning and activity outside the formal academic curriculum to enhance each student’s cognitive and moral development, interpersonal skills, and prospects for satisfaction and success at UNK and in life after graduation. Articulate a framework of principles and common objectives, and establish collaborative mechanisms, enabling units to cooperate across organizational boundaries to enhance student retention, graduation, and career placement results. Bridge Academic and Student Affairs programming to integrate living and learning experiences for students… Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • SPACE: “… an environment that enhances social interaction and cross disciplinary learning outside the classroom.”1 GOAL: “The main goal of the Learning Commons is to provide, in a centralized location, as many academic support services for students as possible.” 2 MECHANISM: “The core activity of a learning commons would not be the manipulation and mastery of information… but the collaborative learning by which students turn information into knowledge and sometimes into wisdom.”3 1 http://dbilyeu.cocc.edu/21st+Century+Library/default.aspx 2 http://www.cla.ca/divisions/cacul/regenerations/2009/02/whats-common-about-learning-commons.html 3 http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1232&context=libraryscience&seiredir=1#search= %22Learning%20Commons%20Nebraska%22 Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Library Resources and Services Technology Resources Student Affairs UNK Learning Commons Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Learning Commons models vary but often include: writing and math/statistics help study rooms desktop computers with a variety of software packages reference/research help study skills help IT point-of-need assistance assistive technology for students with disabilities laptop computers for loan, printing Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  • Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  • The UNK Learning Commons (UNKLC) in 2010: Peer Tutoring: peer assistance for general studies courses (especially business, languages, math and science) Writing Center: peer assistance at any stage of the writing process Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library: book collections and electronic resources for student research with ample study space and technology access Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Peer Tutoring offices moved into the Writing Center in Summer 2010 Plan: build the LC over the summer to open in Fall 2010 Transform the Writing Center space into the Learning Commons Offices “Challenges Arose” Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Collaboration between programs and with the Library was ongoing despite the temporary delay in construction. Hiring process for a Writing Center/Learning Commons Assistant Director Additional technology in the general Library space and technology support Project planning at Dean and higher administrative levels Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  • Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • The UNK Learning Commons opened with much fanfare in its permanent space in Fall 2011 Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Gate count for years following the development of the Learning Commons increased 30% Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Many “united front” efforts were made to ensure the success of the LC and, thereby, its student users.
  • Marketing pieces work to tie services and the Library together. Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • “BlueTube” video for prospective students http://bit.ly/17XP90d “Louie the Loper Learns a Lot” for freshmen students http://bit.ly/19Z7CHd Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Fall 2011 “Game Night”
  • Fall 2012 “Freshman Orientation”
  • Fall 2012 “Lib Quiz”
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality Learning Commons Coordinating Council (LCCC or LC3) 2 partners from Student Affairs, 2 partners from the Library Learning Commons Assistant Director for the Library Compares to the Learning Commons Assistant Director position in Student Affairs Administrative Support
  • Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library Peer Tutoring Writing Center Supplemental Instruction Language Tables Learning the Learning Commons: Reality Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library Peer Tutoring Writing Center Additional services
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality Assessment: Tracking referrals between LC services and Library services “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Services” with ACRL  NLA Poster Presentation June 26-July 1  Fuels the development of “a variety of approaches to assessing library impact on student learning, which will be documented and disseminated for use by the wider academic library and higher education communities”  http://www.ala.org/acrl/AiA Programming: Undergraduate Research Seminars Additional collaboration
  • Learning the Learning Commons: Reality September: IRB October: Literature Review (Library) November: College Speaker January: Writing & Citing (Writing Center) February: College Speaker March: Poster Presentations April: College Speaker 2012-14 Undergraduate Research Seminar schedule
  • Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  • Presentation technology integrated in the UNKLC and Library http://www.touchwindow.com/c/KTLC-40N.html Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  • Improved understanding of student use of services Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  • Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  • Tutor training integrating information literacy Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  • Potentially, the gradual migration of other student services as more Library space is available Shaded area shows proposed expansion space Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  • Learning the Learning Commons
  • Learning the Learning Commons http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cymLAd2M_io/TcPP3YRXKAI/AAAAAAAAADk/DC78eNJQ0BI/s1600/danceHall.jpg
  • Learning the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall www.unk.edu/lc Keri Pearson, Dr. Ron Wirtz University of Nebraska at Kearney