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What is it?

 

Learning commons are designated areas on the college campus dedicated to student support and tutoring – especially early college high school students - with computers, and Writing and Math.  They are open throughout the week, nights and Sundays.


How is it done?

  • Computers are preloaded with software necessary for all college course requirements

  • Students can request assistance in writing, math, and computer software programs

  • Tutors or Learning Aides are paid by the college and must meet specific criteria and fall under the Work Study funded program

  • Atmosphere is casual and there are rooms available for more privacy or for group participation

  • Students are welcomed and encouraged to use college’s tutoring halls/learning commons

  • Budget:  Additional costs to the operational costs of running a computer lab include Peer Math Tutors at approximately $8/hr and Professional Math Tutors (faculty) at approximately $18/hr.  


What are the results?

  • Students have the ability to ask for additional assistance outside of classroom hours

  • Students have multiple resources available for additional tutoring assistance including one-on-one tutoring

  • Students without internet access, current software, or computers at home have access to technology at the learning commons


What have we learned?

  • Providing the additional support with tutoring and learning commons opportunities leads to student success if they participate
  • Offering learning commons ‘open hours’ and tutoring available at various times makes it easier for students to gain access
  • The casual atmosphere is a positive environment for students
  • The privacy rooms are good for team projects
  • The college must maintain current software updates

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