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Dear all,

I would be very interested in these comments. My institution will be starting to plan for the remodel of our building. In that remodel, the Library, the Math Center, the Writing Center, and the Peer Tutoring Center will all be housed in one location. Some other thoughts would be to include the Multicultural Center, Disabilities and Support Services, Veterans Services and the Assessment Center in this new configuration. Any insight into the question posed by Amy would really help in this endeavor. Please respond to all, or forward anything you would share with Amy to my email address ([log in to unmask]). Thank you so much for your help!

Juan

Juan F. Jiménez
NCLCA Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 2
Associate Dean - Learner Support and Transition
Western Technical College
400 Seventh Street North
La Crosse WI  54601
Office: (608) 785-9544
Fax: (608) 789-6206
http://www.westerntc.edu/LearnerSupport/



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Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:41 AM
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Subject: Manipulatives, "Maker" Space -- Need ideas & resources

Hi, all.

Our learning/writing center is going to be moved to the library on campus ... eventually.  In a meeting with a consultant, we were asked what we would like to integrate into our space that we don't have now.  Having been in economic survival mode, I haven't really thought about what exemplars of hands-on learning within the learning center might look like.  Or, I haven't in a long, long time.

He suggested that we could consider carving spaces out for tutoring that involve hands-on learning, manipulatives, and ... who knows what else?  He raised the idea of a "maker space," which is not something I'd thought of in terms of the learning center before.  I guess that's an interesting thing to consider...

We're not being offered *funding* for these things, mind you, but he wants us to think long-term about how we might make experiential, hands on learning opportunities for our students 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years from now.  One example we discussed was having physical models of atoms on hand for students to check out.  Or a skeleton!

We used to have learning-center-specific materials years ago, but we cleared all that out because what we have access to with our two computer labs really trumps everything we had on hand.

He'd also like to see how we could bleed the library resources into our areas.  For example, one of the things we came up with was to house the library's copy of textbooks in our area.

Who has a center we should look at?  Who has ideas that we could play with?

Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Amy Crouse-Powers
Center for Academic Development & Enrichment Coordinator of Peer Tutoring Services
207 Alumni Hall
SUNY Oneonta
607-436-2819 (direct extension)
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