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The Learning Commons is based on a partnership model designed to support and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning, writing, research, numeracy, and technology at the University of Guelph.

Our core services are located on the first floor of the McLaughlin Library in recognition of the Library as the central gathering place for students to study, engage in writing and research, and learn in collaborative settings.

Our mission statement and guiding principles identify our purpose and the shared commitment the partners bring to this collaborative environment.

Collaborative Partners

The partners in the Learning Commons are:

Defining Characteristics

Four distinctive characteristics shape the design, delivery, scope, and approach of the Learning Commons at Guelph:

  1. A collaborative model which positions the Learning Commons to serve as a major campus resource in sponsoring and/or supporting various university, college and/or department-wide curriculum initiatives and events which foster and promote learning, research, and civic engagement
  2. A solid foundation of theoretical perspectives to guide development of programs and a framework that guides the delivery of services
  3. Peer Helpers in Learning Services, the SLG Program and Writing Services, Student IT Consultants, and Graduate Student Writing Advisors who provide a student-centred focus for our programs
  4. A range of services, resources, and expertise for students and faculty to support and enhance learning, writing, research, numeracy, and use of technology

Award Winning Programs and Resources

A number of our programs and resources have received national recognition. These include:

The Graduate Student Learning Initiative (GSLI) is a collaborative endeavour that brings together key campus services to support graduate student learning, writing, library research, and use of technology. In May 2007 the GSLI received the Innovation Award for an outstanding new or innovative program from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.

Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) received the Program of the Year Award, Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Spring 2000.

Learning Time, a time management webshop developed by Learning Services, received honourable mention in the single course category in the North American Web Developer's Conference Educational Website of the Year competition in 2000 and a Golden Web Award in 2002-03 for design, originality, and content that achieved levels of excellence.

Read more …

Schmidt, N., & Kaufman, J. (2005). Learning commons: Bridging the academic and student affairs divide to enhance learning across campus. Research Strategies, 20(4), 242-256. doi: 10.1016/j.resstr.2006.12.002