Designing And Developing Learning Commons

Increasing Learning Commons Access to Improve Commuter Student Success

Topics: Library, Academic Support Programs, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Learning commons spaces centralize academic support services (e.g., writing center, career services). This report details the services most often included in learning commons and coordination among academic support units, as well as strategies to adapt learning commons for commuter students.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Library administrators designate space within the library for learning commons.

    2. Provide day care, extended hours, and a café to adapt learning commons to the needs of commuter students.

    3. An open commons layout with space for individual and collaborative work appeals more to students than a design focused solely on collaborative spaces.

    4. Employ scheduling services to monitor usage of tutoring and other learning commons services.

    5. Administrators provide anecdotal and qualitative measurements on the positive impact of learning commons usage on student success.