Learning theLearning Commons:How UNK Moved Out of theSilos and into a Dance HallKeri Pearson, Dr. Ron WirtzUniversity of N...
VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
Silo-ed Existence (2009)Writing Center housed in theLibrary but with very littlecollaboration beyond spacePeer Tutoring in...
Learning the Learning Commons:VisionChanging Leadership
Learning the Learning Commons:VisionWriting Center Space
Spring 2009 Program ReviewLearning the Learning Commons:Vision
Learning the Learning Commons:VisionPeer Tutoring Space
serendipity, n.Pronunciation: /sɛrɛnˈdɪpɪtɪ/Etymology:A word coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 175...
Learning the Learning Commons:Vision
Ideas between Deans of the Library and Student Affairsmoved “up” to higher administrationUNK Mission Statement was a conve...
SPACE:“… an environment that enhances social interaction and cross disciplinarylearning outside the classroom.”1GOAL:“The ...
Library Resourcesand ServicesTechnologyResourcesStudentAffairsUNKLearningCommonsLearning the Learning Commons:Transition
Learning Commons models vary but often include:reference/research helpIT point-of-need assistancewriting and math/statisti...
VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
The UNK Learning Commons (UNKLC):Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library: book collections and electronic resourcesfor student resear...
Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
Peer Tutoring offices moved into the Writing Centerin Summer 2010Plan: build the LC over the summer to open in Fall 2010Tr...
Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
Gate count for Sept. 2011 was 38,876, up more than 24% over Sept. 2010Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
Collaboration between programs and with the Librarywas ongoing despite the temporary delay inconstruction.Hiring process f...
VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
Many “united front” efforts weremade to ensure the success of theLC and, thereby, its student users.
Marketing pieces work to tie theprograms and the Library together.Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
Marketing pieces work to tie theprograms and the Library together.Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
“BlueTube” video for prospective studentshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV5BOut_yXE&feature=related“Louie the Loper Learns...
Fall 2011 “Game Night”
Fall 2012 “Freshman Orientation”
Fall 2012 “Lib Quiz”
Learning the Learning Commons:RealityLearning Commons Coordinating Council (LCCC or LC3)2 partners from Student Affairs, 2...
Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) LibraryPeer TutoringWriting CenterSupplemental InstructionLanguage TablesVolunteer tutoring from facu...
Learning the Learning Commons:RealityAssessment:Tracking referrals between LC services and Library services“Assessment in ...
VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
Presentation technology integrated inthe UNKLC and LibraryLearning the Learning Commons:The Future
Learning the Learning Commons:The Future
Tutor training integrating informationliteracyLearning the Learning Commons:The Future
Potentially, thegradualmigration ofother studentservices asmore Libraryspace isavailableShaded area shows proposed expansi...
Learning the Learning Commons
Learning theLearning Commons:How UNK Moved Out of theSilos and into a Dance Hallwww.unk.edu/lcKeri Pearson, Dr. Ron WirtzU...
Learning the Learning Commons: How UNK moved out of the silos and into a dance hall
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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.
  • 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.
  • Learning the Learning Commons: How UNK moved out of the silos and into a dance hall

    1. 1. Learning theLearning Commons:How UNK Moved Out of theSilos and into a Dance HallKeri Pearson, Dr. Ron WirtzUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney
    2. 2. VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
    3. 3. Silo-ed Existence (2009)Writing Center housed in theLibrary but with very littlecollaboration beyond spacePeer Tutoring in a hallway of theStudent Affairs building andtypically regarded as a remedialserviceLearning the Learning Commons:Vision
    4. 4. Learning the Learning Commons:VisionChanging Leadership
    5. 5. Learning the Learning Commons:VisionWriting Center Space
    6. 6. Spring 2009 Program ReviewLearning the Learning Commons:Vision
    7. 7. Learning the Learning Commons:VisionPeer Tutoring Space
    8. 8. 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, ofthings they were not in quest of’.The faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries byaccident.From: Oxford English Dictionary (Online)Learning the Learning Commons:Vision
    9. 9. Learning the Learning Commons:Vision
    10. 10. Ideas between Deans of the Library and Student Affairsmoved “up” to higher administrationUNK Mission Statement was a conversation focal pointIII. Student Development Goal (Objective 1): Develop a comprehensive strategy that willguide planning and activity outside the formal academic curriculum to enhance eachstudent’s cognitive and moral development, interpersonal skills, and prospects forsatisfaction 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 forstudents…Learning the Learning Commons:Vision
    11. 11. SPACE:“… an environment that enhances social interaction and cross disciplinarylearning outside the classroom.”1GOAL:“The main goal of the Learning Commons is to provide, in a centralized location,as many academic support services for students as possible.” 2MECHANISM:“The core activity of a learning commons would not be the manipulation andmastery of information… but the collaborative learning by which students turninformation into knowledge and sometimes into wisdom.”31 http://dbilyeu.cocc.edu/21st+Century+Library/default.aspx2 http://www.cla.ca/divisions/cacul/regenerations/2009/02/whats-common-about-learning-commons.html3 http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1232&context=libraryscience&seiredir=1#search=%22Learning%20Commons%20Nebraska%22Learning the Learning Commons:Vision
    12. 12. Library Resourcesand ServicesTechnologyResourcesStudentAffairsUNKLearningCommonsLearning the Learning Commons:Transition
    13. 13. Learning Commons models vary but often include:reference/research helpIT point-of-need assistancewriting and math/statistics helpstudy skills helpassistive technology for students with disabilitiesdesktop computers with a variety of software packageslaptop computers for loan, printingstudy roomsLearning the Learning Commons:Vision
    14. 14. VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
    15. 15. The UNK Learning Commons (UNKLC):Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) Library: book collections and electronic resourcesfor student research with ample study space and technology accessPeer Tutoring: peer assistance for general studies courses (especiallybusiness, languages, math and science)Writing Center: peer assistance at any stage of the writing processLearning the Learning Commons:Transition
    16. 16. Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    17. 17. Peer Tutoring offices moved into the Writing Centerin Summer 2010Plan: build the LC over the summer to open in Fall 2010Transform the Writing Center space into the LearningCommons Offices“Challenges Arose”Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    18. 18. Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    19. 19. Gate count for Sept. 2011 was 38,876, up more than 24% over Sept. 2010Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    20. 20. Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    21. 21. Learning the Learning Commons:Transition
    22. 22. Collaboration between programs and with the Librarywas ongoing despite the temporary delay inconstruction.Hiring process for a Writing Center/Learning CommonsAssistant DirectorAdditional technology in the general Library space andtechnology supportProject planning at Dean and higher administrativelevelsLearning the Learning Commons:Transition
    23. 23. VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
    24. 24. The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    25. 25. The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    26. 26. The UNK LearningCommons openedwith much fanfarein its permanentspace in Fall 2011Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    27. 27. Many “united front” efforts weremade to ensure the success of theLC and, thereby, its student users.
    28. 28. Marketing pieces work to tie theprograms and the Library together.Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    29. 29. Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    30. 30. Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    31. 31. Marketing pieces work to tie theprograms and the Library together.Learning the Learning Commons:Reality
    32. 32. “BlueTube” video for prospective studentshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV5BOut_yXE&feature=related“Louie the Loper Learns a Lot” for freshmen studentshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezAr4I9epeMLearning the Learning Commons:Reality
    33. 33. Fall 2011 “Game Night”
    34. 34. Fall 2012 “Freshman Orientation”
    35. 35. Fall 2012 “Lib Quiz”
    36. 36. Learning the Learning Commons:RealityLearning Commons Coordinating Council (LCCC or LC3)2 partners from Student Affairs, 2 partners from the LibraryLearning Commons Assistant Director for the LibraryCompares to the Learning Commons Assistant Director position inStudent AffairsAdministrative Support
    37. 37. Calvin T. Ryan (CTR) LibraryPeer TutoringWriting CenterSupplemental InstructionLanguage TablesVolunteer tutoring from facultyLearning the Learning Commons:RealityCalvin T. Ryan (CTR) LibraryPeer TutoringWriting CenterAdditional services
    38. 38. Learning the Learning Commons:RealityAssessment:Tracking referrals between LC services and Library services“Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Services” withACRLProgramming:Undergraduate Research SeminarsAdditional collaboration
    39. 39. VisionTransitionRealityThe FutureLearning the Learning Commons
    40. 40. Presentation technology integrated inthe UNKLC and LibraryLearning the Learning Commons:The Future
    41. 41. Learning the Learning Commons:The Future
    42. 42. Tutor training integrating informationliteracyLearning the Learning Commons:The Future
    43. 43. Potentially, thegradualmigration ofother studentservices asmore Libraryspace isavailableShaded area shows proposed expansion spaceLearning the Learning Commons:Reality
    44. 44. Learning the Learning Commons
    45. 45. Learning theLearning Commons:How UNK Moved Out of theSilos and into a Dance Hallwww.unk.edu/lcKeri Pearson, Dr. Ron WirtzUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney

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