What is a Learning Commons?

In our earlier blog entry of the day, we asked for input from you on what you would like to see in our new Learning Commons area located behind the Reference desk on the 2nd (main) floor of Rod Library.  Below, the concept of the learning commons is explained.  We hope this will give you an understanding of what a learning commons is and what Rod Library hopes to do with it. 

 
What is a Learning Commons?
 
The Learning Commons is a student-centered physical and virtual learning space designed under the guiding principles of openness, flexibility, comfort, inspiration, and practicality. It fosters collaborative and independent active learning by providing technology, resources, and services that help to engage students and faculty in the learning process. Through the Learning Commons the library will strive to create active partnerships with other university units that incorporate campus-wide goals and objectives.
 
The Learning Commons supports the Library’s goals to provide “high quality services responsive to the changing cultural, research, and informational needs of our community” and “functional, flexible, inviting, safe, technology-equipped learning spaces.”
 
The Learning Commons supports the mission of the University of Northern Iowa to provide “transformative learning experiences that inspire students to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought, and contribute to society.”
 
Any questions or comments? Please e-mail them to us @ liblearningcommons@uni.edu