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