Over the summer, Gleeson Library underwent a mini-renovation for its Electronic Classroom (GL139) to improve how librarians teach information literacy and help facilitate more active learning in our library sessions. Intentional classroom design can drastically improve pedagogy, and the Library is always considering what will improve the learning experience for our students. Previously, the classroom had 24 desktop PCs and were grouped together on larger rectangular tables. The desktops took up a significant amount of space on the tables and were a bit bulky. To clear out some space, the library has purchased some laptops for students to use in library sessions, and students are also welcome to use their own devices when in the classroom.
Research has shown trends in classroom design to add intentional features which allow for students to collaborate more easily. Sometimes these shifts can be as simple as switching out the shape of a table, from rectangle to circle; allowing students to shift around the table as needed for group discussions and collaboration. The Library purchased 5 semi-circle tables to replace the stations that were there before, giving the space a more open and airy feel. The hope is that by making small changes to the classroom, our instruction program can create a more active and collaborative learning environment.
With the upcoming Fall Semester, we are very excited to welcome back our students and faculty into our newly configured classroom. To book a library instruction session, please fill out our request form and note that we require two weeks notice before each class in order to prepare for the session. We are also interested in doing creative collaborations with faculty, in addition to incorporating more active learning techniques into our sessions. Faculty and instructors can also request a research assignment design consultation with their liaison librarian to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration.
Thank you to the Gleeson Library Dean’s Office for the funding to renovate the classroom!