What it is ….? 1000 spaces £24 million investment 24/7 244 days year – plug for afternoon tours today!!! Informal and formal – central hub – at the heart of the University (positioning on campus)
Interactivity and engagement – materials and each other (design encourages this) Infrastructure Wifi, power, 24/7 Flexible furniture – reconfigurable – white boards etc Inspiration – student artwork Training room (flexibility of space) CAD drawing Sheila No labels – create own space Silent side – they’ve worked out for theirselves 24/7 Wifi throughout Whiteboards Training – that originally was going fixed PCs – now flexible desks, laptops 60, clickers, 72 inch interactive screen We are starting to have specific configurations for training – patented by the staff – one called Sheila’s set up ….. That’s the phyiscal space let’s talk about what’s going on it
We’re naturally at the heart of the University
RJ Always wanted it to be more than just a physical space and this where we put the learning into the learning commons What was the thinking …. The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will be a central hive of activity when it comes to study across the University. We saw it as engaging with students at a much deeper level, by enhancing and developing their learning. Delivering its own unique training programme and open learning materials in support of the learning and development needs of all students, irrespective of academic discipline. – in fact this is extremely important to us – none of our training is school aligned – we want any student to able to come to our sessions. There was a clear need for this support – students at UoM definitley want this and what the biggest was that provision isn’t consistent. The provision is achieved through collaboration and partnership between the current providers across campus, with the Learning Commons providing a central focus for a wide range of activity, to exemplify the best of what the University of Manchester can offer to enhance the student learning experience. But enough of the background Jennie will now explain what’s currently occuring and where we see this going in the future.
Pro-forma: 1) Is it applicable to a wide and varied number of students? 2) What skill will the participants walk away with on the day? 3) What content will be used to help students learn that skill? 4) How will the workshop use the resources available at the AGLC? Encourage student self-awareness of learning styles, needs and options We adapt to what the students need. Evaluate and update all workshops on a regular basis. Bitly bundle
Careers, ulc, schools/faculties Database Feedback, reports and helping students now Best practice Over 70% take up rate for the workshops, more have had to be added. Students rate sessions at good or excellent 95% of the time. Get away from the paper based materials and resources Work to be proactive and positive, not remedial and reactionary
Seymour Papert: the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge High demand/Excellent Feedback Over 300 students attended workshops in pilot semester Nearly 50/50 UG/PG 99% of students found sessions useful Become the place students look first Dynamic showcase of best practice Contribute to a wider understanding of student use of resources and learning needs. (And, via rovers, include students in the gathering of the data)
Jones & Blake - Not just a pretty face: putting the learning into the Learning Commons
Not just a pretty face: putting thelearning into the Learning Commons Jennie Blake Rosie Jones
Encouraging learning• Infrastructure• Furniture• Inspiration• Training room
…students have easy access to and from the Library and Student’s Union……………
Putting the Learning into the Learning Commons• Unique training programme• Open learning materials• Cross discipline• Collaboration and partnerships
options, not answers• Focus on process of learning, not end result• Built-in feedback from students and a concerted effort to understand who is using the resources and why.• Answer Hattie & Timperley’s question: Where do I go from here?
working in partnership• Joined up support for students, academically and beyond.• A central resource for students and staff.• Audit, analyse, improve
what next?• Design, develop, deliver—training and support• Integrating the tech area and reaching out to the wider community.• Rovers, a student support network, integration with degree programmes.