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I'd like to add a note to Michael's point. I agree that some level of
uniqueness is useful. Too often in the past the Learning Center and the
Humanities Learning Center would get each other's mail.

This is also an opportunity for naming, and if the stars are right there
may be a benefactor wanting to name something. Being known as the (Name)
Academic Skills Center is easier to search, and may help the purse strings.

Dave

On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 7:17 AM, Michael B. Key <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Our office has gone through several name changes. One thing I would
> recommend is to choose a distinct name so that search engine optimization
> (SEO) for your school's website and Google work for you. For instance, we
> are called the Office of Learning Resources. Office, learning, and
> resources are words that probably appear on every page of our school's
> website. Therefore, our name is not so specific that we are distinct from
> other office's buzzwords. However, we do have something called Ryan's Lab
> which is where all of our assistive technology is held for students with
> disabilities. It was named after a student who's dream was to have a lab
> like this. Therefore, when people search Ryan's Lab, we're sure to come out
> on the top of the list with other specialized buzzwords like disability,
> assistive technology, etc.
>
> *Thank you,*
> Michael
>
> Michael B. Key
> Learning Initiatives Coordinator
> Office of Learning Resources (OLR)
> Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC)
> Room: 023A
>
> University of Dayton
> 300 College Park
> Dayton, OH 45469-1302
>
> Phone: 937-229-2066
> Fax: 937-229-3270
> TTY:  937-229-2059 (available for individuals who are deaf and hard-of
> hearing)
> Email: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Website: go.udayton.edu/learning
>
> *Learn more about:*
> Office of Learning Resources at go.udayton.edu/learning
> Tutoring at go.udayton.edu/tutoring
> Supplemental Instruction at go.udayton.edu/si
> Global Learning Support at go.udayton.edu/olr/global
> The Write Place at go.udayton.edu/writeplace
> Disability Services at go.udayton.edu/disability
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> On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 7:03 PM, Klier, Annette <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Samantha,
> >
> > I have read the other replies, and here is my opinion (for what it is
> > worth).  I like the idea of Learning Commons as this is inclusive of many
> > different aspects that contribute to learning.  I would stay away from
> the
> > word "Support", because when I think of things that need support I think
> of
> > things that would fall down without that support.
> >
> > I am concerned though about the idea (which I do agree with) that the
> word
> > "Tutoring" has a negative association.  This may be a dramatic example,
> but
> > think of it as trying to name an ethnicity.  There have been many
> different
> > names for various races over the decades/centuries and over that time
> many
> > of those names were considered to be the correct/polite term for its day.
> > As time passes however the terms change to new correct/polite terms
> > regarding the older terms as insulting/rude because the feeling behind
> the
> > terms had remained the same.  A slur by any other name is just as rude.
> It
> > is only when the feelings behind the name have changed to be more
> accepting
> > that it has lost its offence.  I feel this applies to the word
> "Tutoring".
> > Only when we change student/parent/faculty impressions of tutoring from
> > "the place the failing students are sent" to "the place people go when
> they
> > want to do and be the best they can in college and in life" can we change
> > this negative assoc!
> >  iation.  I would hope as members of this profession we as a collective
> > would not avoid/hide from the perceived stigma, but actively embrace the
> > name and work to spread a change in how it is viewed by everyone.
> >
> > Annette Klier
> >
> > Math Specialist
> > Student Academic Success
> > Math Center
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:
> > [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Campa, Samantha
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:32 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Naming our Spaces
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > With some resources shifting around this summer, we are thinking about
> the
> > names of our spaces. Here are a couple of our dilemmas:
> >
> > 1) The debate between "Tutoring Center" and "Academic Support Center": do
> > we call it what it is (the Tutoring Center) and therefore make it more
> > easily understandable to students OR do we stick with Academic Support
> > Center which avoids the stigma associated with the word Tutoring?
> >
> > 2) The debate about whether to rename this whole floor of the Student
> > Center (which houses tutoring, the library, and the Writing Center): do
> we
> > call it the Learning Commons or something similar to unify the space OR
> do
> > we stick to the individual names which are clearer and more utilized by
> > students anyway?
> >
> > Have you have grappled with similar scenarios? What works (and doesn't
> > work) for your institutions? I would love to hear your thoughts!
> >
> > Samantha Campa
> > Academic Support Advisor
> > Iowa Western Community College
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