Do you want to bring your class to the Learning Commons? View the calendar for availability and make your requests here.
What is the Learning Commons?
The Learning Commons collaborates with faculty, staff, and representatives from campus services to develop and strengthen students’ capacity to be self-directed learners and to develop strategies for succeeding in an academic environment, including efficacy, agency, and scholarly habits. Instructors are invited to partner with the Learning Commons to develop activities that support these goals. Much of the work in the Learning Commons promotes and supports collaborative learning, information literacy, and use of technologies in learning.
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Passport for Academic & Student Support
The Passport lists the campus support services and programs students have available to them at Gavilan and contains blank pages for students to record their use of these services. In addition, the Passport contains an academic calendar and final exam schedule and a blank planner so that students can practice time management, organization, and successful study habits. We encourage you to bring your students to the Learning Commons at the beginning of the semester to pick up a Passport and get a quick introduction to what's available to them at the Learning Commons. Many instructors find the Passport to be useful in beginning conversations with students about their study habits. Some instructors offer extra credit or require students to complete specific activities or a specific number of activities as part of their course grade. If you have questions about using the passport with your students, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Activities are at the heart of Learning Commons work. When instructors partner with the Learning Commons to develop these activities, they are eligible to receive stipends for their work. The activities we focus on are ones that target much-needed skills or concepts in ways that are cross-disciplinary and flexible so that instructors in many disciplines can connect them to their content. For example, an activity focusing on practicing paraphrasing might be used in conjunction with a History, Nursing, or Sociology article. Through these activities, we offer students low-risk opportunities to practice the academic skills and scholarly habits and connect that practice to the work they are currently doing in their classes. If you are interested in working with us to develop an activity to support your students, please contact Megan Wong at email@example.com.
Class Work Sessions: Instructors interested in bringing their classes to the Learning Commons to work on projects that require technology, support from tutors, or flexible resources (whiteboards, space for group work, etc.) should contact us to reserve space and discuss how we can best support the work you are doing or would like to do in your classes.
Workshops: Please contact us to discuss your assignment or needs. The Learning Commons offers a variety of workshops to help students practice the academic skills they need to succeed in your classes. Workshops range from supporting students in the research process to helping students to learn and practice effective study habits to other topics you help us identify. These workshops can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your assignment and students. You can request a workshop for your classes here.
How can students use the Learning Commons?
Students can use the Learning Commons any time it is open. Students can check out laptops, reserve small group study rooms, use the rolling whiteboards to collaborate on projects, use touchscreen monitors, work on advanced projects using Adobe products and other software programs on the Macintosh computers, get help with academic skills (information literacy, studying, time-management, formatting a document, using technology or software programs such as MS Word or email or the library database), use GoPrint, or just study in an encouraging, tutor-supported learning environment. Instructors are welcome to walk students to the Learning Commons or work with their students in the space. We do ask that you contact us ahead of time if you would like to bring in a large group, use the space regularly for office hours, or reserve space for an entire class visit.