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Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

September, 2018
BUSY BUSINESSES, COMMITTED COMMUNITY—The Library & Learning Center includes a variety of areas, such as a community room with shifting spaces and a kitchen, specifically designed to bring in businesses and members of the community. Since the center opened, the Florida Wildlife Commission has held public hearings and information sessions there, specifically on shark fishing. Businesses can reserve various areas, and community members can borrow books once they apply for a library card.

Although Hurricane Irma halted progress, the new 63,000-square-foot library opened just a month behind schedule. It now provides students with space for using technology and overseeing building projects.

College students learning online, but stepping on campus

August, 2018
Many online students still have on-campus business, such as meeting with instructors and making payments, according to “Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” The Learning House Inc. (UBmag.me/demands).

Like their peers on campus, students enrolled in online programs benefit when they feel included in a community. Colleges cater to this population by offering in-person special events and extended office hours.

Libraries and the efficiency of collaboration

August, 2018

We hear it all the time—complaints about the inefficiency of public higher education in Massachusetts. These complaints are often based on the incorrect assumption that providing students with a choice—the choice of where, when, and what to study is necessarily inefficient. How do we provide choice in an efficient way? I’ll answer that from my corner of public higher education.  

Alfred R. Goldstein College Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design

May, 2018
RAINBOWS AND FURNITURE—Bright pops of color identify the library’s program areas, including a room for gaming studies and a 24-hour learning laboratory with computers and Cintiq interactive displays. The furnishings decorating the building were chosen by students who went to a fair hosted by architect Shepley Bulfinch.

The Ringling College of Art and Design’s campus in Sarasota, Florida, has given the Alfred R. Goldstein library its own three-story structure in the heart of the campus.

World of active learning in higher ed

May, 2018
COLLABORATIVE BY DESIGN—The University of Leeds in England redesigned three tiered lecture theaters to new standards that aim to improve collaborative experiences for staff and students. Each booth is embedded with digital technology to facilitate enhanced group work and accommodate flipped learning.

As the trend in active learning classrooms has accelerated internationally, colleges in the U.S. can learn from the cutting-edge classroom design and technology that other countries have built.

Sponsored Content

10/11/2018

With the landscape of higher education rapidly changing, it is crucial that institutions are able to compete for top faculty, staff and leadership, who are not only talented people with the right skills, but are also passionate, engaged and mission-driven.  

10/9/2018

Many institutions ask their enrollment teams, advising offices, faculty and other departments to focus on student success, but these departments do not often know or understand all the unique factors that contribute to the success of their students. A more holistic view is crucial to helping students succeed.

More than half of the 40,000 students at California State University, Northridge, are first-generation. Three thousand are international. And every one of them belongs, says Paul Schantz, director of web and technology services in the Division of Student Affairs for CSUN. “We want students to feel like CSUN is their home,” Schantz says. “And if you’re going to have any kind of relationship with somebody, you should know their name, and you should get their name right. That’s the first step in establishing trust with somebody.”

From left to right: Patrick Brown, CIO, Illinois College; Marc Benner, Assistant CIO, Illinois College

A robust network might not be needed for your students to participate in basketball, baseball, or football. But what about esports? The leadership of Illinois College recently upgraded their network infrastructure to improve safety and security while also supporting the launch of the college’s highly successful esports program and Gaming Center.

From left to right: Christopher Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L; Michael Amick, VP of Distance Education, Pima Community College (Ariz.)

The evolution of technology and online learning is enabling institutions to expand access to education across a broader spectrum of learners, by providing learning opportunities outside the limits of time, place or distance. In this web seminar, presenters discussed how to use these tools to expand access to education for more learners at any institution.