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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 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.

NCompass Live - July 10, 2013.
http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/

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

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Vision Transition Reality The Future http://silverspeaks.com/blogs/2011/01/dancing-with-change-step-3/ Learning the Learning Commons
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Library “Gate Count” Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  5. 5. Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Library Study Space
  6. 6. Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Changing Leadership
  7. 7. Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Original Writing Center Space
  8. 8. Spring 2009 Program Review Learning the Learning Commons: Vision
  9. 9. Learning the Learning Commons: Vision Original Peer Tutoring Space
  10. 10. 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
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  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Library Resources and Services Technology Resources Student Affairs UNK Learning Commons Learning the Learning Commons: Transition
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  17. 17. 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
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  19. 19. 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
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  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  23. 23. Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
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  25. 25. The UNK Learning Commons opened with much fanfare in its permanent space in Fall 2011 Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
  26. 26. Gate count for years following the development of the Learning Commons increased 30% Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
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  29. 29. Many “united front” efforts were made to ensure the success of the LC and, thereby, its student users.
  30. 30. Marketing pieces work to tie services and the Library together. Learning the Learning Commons: Reality
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  34. 34. “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
  35. 35. Fall 2011 “Game Night”
  36. 36. Fall 2012 “Freshman Orientation”
  37. 37. Fall 2012 “Lib Quiz”
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. 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
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. Vision Transition Reality The Future Learning the Learning Commons
  43. 43. Presentation technology integrated in the UNKLC and Library http://www.touchwindow.com/c/KTLC-40N.html Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  44. 44. Improved understanding of student use of services Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
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  46. 46. Tutor training integrating information literacy Learning the Learning Commons: The Future
  47. 47. 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
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  49. 49. Learning the Learning Commons http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cymLAd2M_io/TcPP3YRXKAI/AAAAAAAAADk/DC78eNJQ0BI/s1600/danceHall.jpg
  50. 50. 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

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