Photo by Elaine Chen, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Learning Commons Task Force Members:
Pete Callaghan (Chair) - Rod Library
Ben Arnold - ITS-User Services
Emily Borcherding - Academic Learning Center
Gail Bunz - Rod Library
Deirdre Heistad - Languages and Literatures
Susan Hill - Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Jerilyn Marshall - Rod Library
Alexander Newkirk - Student representative
Angela Pratesi - Rod Library
Lori Seawel - ITS-Educational Technology
Julie Williamson- Rod Library
Photo by Lori Seawel, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
By providing both a physical and organizational structure, the learning commons seeks to benefit the campus community with the following central goals:
- Create a central hub for faculty, staff, students, and the community to exchange ideas and enjoy a collective pursuit of learning.
- Offer connected learning experiences through service adjacencies and coordinated learning support.
- Provide a venue for enriching UNI's learning culture with seminars, dialogues, and events
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.”
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.”
LOCATION - SPACE
The Digital Media Hub, collaborative spaces and seating, research and information help,and the MultiService and Circulation desks are all part of the Learning Commons. A cafe, the Book Bistro, will be open for fall semester 2014 - as will the new west entrance. Changes to other areas on the main floor will be coming soon!
Map of Floor 2, Rod Library, Learning Commons Space