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The Learning Commons at AUC: an exercise in collaboration. Shahira el Sawy Dean, Libraries and Learning Technologies Aziza Ellozy Director, Center for Learning and Teaching. The context: AUC’s new campus. The context: AUC’s new campus. What is a Learning Commons?.

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The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

The Learning Commons at AUC:an exercise in collaboration

Shahira el Sawy

Dean, Libraries and Learning Technologies

Aziza Ellozy

Director, Center for Learning and Teaching


The context auc s new campus

The context: AUC’s new campus


The context auc s new campus1

The context: AUC’s new campus


What is a learning commons

What is a Learning Commons?

“the intersection of content,technology, and services

in a physical facility to support student learning”

(J. Lippincott, 2006)


The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

The Learning Commons

Fostering collaborative

work and social interaction


3 dimensional rendition of our learning commons

3-Dimensional Rendition of our Learning Commons


Why a learning commons

Why a Learning Commons?

In today’s academic environment

“….students need assistance from individuals

with a broad range of expertise…”

(J. Lippincott, 2006)


The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

Academic

Computing

Classroom

Technologies

& Media

Services

Writing Center

The Main

Library

The Learning Commons

at AUC

a broad range of expertise

Rare

Books &

Special

Collections

Library

Center for

Learning and

Teaching


Libraries and learning technologies llt

Rare

Books &

Special

Collections

Library

The Main

Library

Center for

Learning and

Teaching

Classroom

Technologies

& Media

Services

Academic

Computing

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT)

LLT Dean


The learning commons

The Learning Commons

Birth and evolution of an idea


History

History

1998: Visit to Leavey Teaching Library, USC.

Student Navigation Assistants

Computer Consultants

Research Librarians

1999: Visit of Library Consultants

Recommend Integration of Library and IT

2000: New LLT Structure

LLT Dean

Rare

Books &

Special

Collections

Library

The Main

Library

Center for

Learning and

Teaching

Classroom

Technologies

& Media

Services

Academic

Computing


History1

History

  • 2002: New Campus Plans & Design

    • Dedicated Space for the “Commons”

    • Library Consultants

  • 2004: NITLE-PKAL Workshop on New Learning Spaces, Vassar College (suggested by Susan Perry)

    • Six member team: 3 LLT Faculty Members, 1 School Faculty Member, 1 New campus architect, 1 FF&E Consultant

    • Upon return, team recommends establishment of a Task Force

Team

members


Process task force

Process : Task Force

  • 2005: Provost’s Taskforce on Learning Spaces is formed

    16 member team, from three Schools and LLT, Dr Ellozy Chair

  • Five subcommittees for:

    • Formal Learning Spaces (i.e. classrooms, lecture halls)

    • Offices & Department Spaces

    • Library & “Information” Commons

    • Informal Spaces (i.e. lounges, dining areas, gardens…)

    • Specialized Learning Spaces (i.e. Visualization Lab, Distance Learning)

  • (2005-07) Multiple meetings with: Provost, New Campus Development Office, Registrar, others

  • Taskforce work still going strong


Process last year

Process – last year

  • 2006: Plans to streamline and integrate services

    • More collaboration between LLT unitsneeded

  • February 2007:Susan Perry’s Consultancy Visit

    • Recommends collaboration for “Learning” Commons

    • Suggests using Learning Commons as a stepping stone for LLT Integration

  • March 2007: Learning Commons Taskforce created

    Six subcommittees with appropriate LLT key players

    • Hardware/Software – Service & Delivery

    • Library as Space/Place

    • Technical Support

    • Training

    • Research Assistance

    • Management/Leadership/Budget


Process

Process

  • April/ May 2007: Collaboration happens !!

  • First phase report is being prepared


The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

Main issues/obstacles encountered ?

  • Collaboration between units difficult to achieve

  • “Silo” culture prevailed

The Main

Library

Center for

Learning and

Teaching

Rare

Books &

Special

Collections

Library

Academic

Computing

Classroom

Technologies

& Media

Services


The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

Main issues/obstacles encountered ?

2. Integrated skills of an instructional/educational

technologist are difficult to find in local market. On the job training

3. Continuous professional development of staff

important issue to address and needs

constant attention

4. BUDGET…!!!


Past successes

Past successes

  • Integrated Libraries and Learning Technologies Structure

  • Allowed integration of functions and services

  • Open lines of communication established (regular meetings of committees and advisory group)


Past successes1

Past Successes

Joint Projects

Planning, retrofitting and assessing prototype classrooms for new campus

Training and disseminating learning technologies across campus

Jointly developing and designing hybrid course

Collaborating on graduate students’ professional development workshops

CTMS

CLT

CLT

CTMS

Main

Library

ACS

ACS

CLT

Main

Library

CLT


Present successes

Present Successes

New budget for Learning Commons has been approved

Learning Commons Task Force has created an unprecedented spirit of collaboration among ALL units


Next step

Next step?

  • Closer look at functionalities of all units

  • Continue collaborating to further streamline, upgrade and expand services

  • Anticipate and prepare for special training needs of faculty and students for the first six months at the new campus

  • Prepare for the daunting task of the move to the New campus September 2008


Optimistic about the future

Optimistic about the future

New Libraries and Learning Technologies Building


The learning commons at auc an exercise in collaboration

Questions?

Thank You !


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