HeadlinesSeptember 7, 2010
- Diabetes breakthrough
- New faculty begin first year on the Hill
- Baltezor to lead effort to take KU drug discoveries to market
- Anschutz opens expanded, improved 'Learning Studio' space
- 'Hilltop Honors' to present KU's highest awards for service, achievement Sept. 10
- KU Bookstores introduces textbook rental, price comparison, print-on-demand options
- Moroccan, Egyptian women come to KU for civic leadership lessons
- KU Libraries rated in top 50 for volumes held
- Fall tuition assistance recipients announced
- KU study abroad, academic programs lauded by national publications
- School of Law lands top 20 'best value' rating
- Dinner to honor University Support Staff retirees
- Professor's 'spintronics' research could open door for next generation computers
- Barnes commissioned to compose work for Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
- Audio-Reader's 'For Your Ears Only' offers all things music Sept. 17, 18
- 'Women of Distinction' calendars recognize outstanding faculty, staff, students
- Horn lands grant to help improve education for preschoolers with disabilities
David McKinney/University Relations
Students study and use work stations in the newly-opened Learning Studio at Anschutz Library. The space has been remodeled and upgrade to give students an engaged work space with state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable setting.
Anschutz opens expanded, improved 'Learning Studio' space
New concept a partnership of Libraries, Student Success, Information Technology
On just the third day of classes, the library was already full. Students were working at laptops, lounging in new furniture, getting help from librarians, buying coffee, practicing presentations, meeting with tutors and getting writing help. All in the same space.
The new Learning Studio at Anschutz Library remodeled and dedicated space to help students engage in learning through technology, comfort and flexibility, opened this semester.
The space, a partnership between KU Libraries, Student Success and Information Technology, is the result of asking students what they would like in a library and giving them the resources to be successful.
As students enter Anschutz, one of the first things they’ll see is an information desk staffed by a KU Info representative, a reference librarian and an Information Technology student. A wall that used to divide the space has come down and new computer workstations have been installed alongside a mix of lounge furniture, traditional library furniture and café. Much of the furniture is mobile, allowing students to pull chairs together for group study.
On the fourth floor, private tutoring areas and study rooms have been installed. All feature dry erase boards and power stations that laptops can be hooked into. The KU Writing Center has also moved into the space, expanding “writer’s roosts” in which students can receive tips on writing or simply work on projects.
The space also features technology that allows students to practice presentations and “Mediascape,” a tool that allows up to six laptops to be plugged in that can then share two large screens.
The Learning Studio project began last spring and was completed in time for the fall semester. Jen Church-Duran, assistant dean for user services with KU Libraries, said the project will expand as funds become available.
Church-Duran said that last year, more than 700,000 students visited Anschutz Library. In a survey, many stated that they often spend several hours at a time studying in the facility. The goal of the new Learning Studio was to provide everything students needed to stay engaged in learning. If they have to leave the building, the study session may not restart.
“I think it’s a much more open, warm, inviting environment for students,” Church-Duran said. “That’s exactly what we wanted, a place that could offer a collaborative, engaging environment.”