The Learning Commons is now running all programs online, and student usage is up from the first week of online instruction, according to director Jeffrey White. By encouraging your students to connect with a peer tutor, you might help them to connect more deeply to learning and studying online while engaging socially with our peer tutors. Use this link to find out more.
When students come to the Learning Commons for content tutoring, they often could use more work on how to study in general as well as the content area. How one approaches studying in one discipline varies from other disciplines, and how one approaches studying often impacts the grade earned by a student. The Learning Commons is launching a new pilot program to support students’ metacognitive approaches to studying. You can learn more about the program at this link.
Just in time to start thinking about your spring course planning, Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, offers 7 minutes of advice answering the question“What Course Design Principles Enhance Student Learning?” in this IGNITE-funded video.
The Clark Library is hosting a reception for “Down Around the Corner: An Exhibit of Paintings by Mark Ghyselinck, C.S.C.” on Friday, October 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us for refreshments while viewing his impressionistic depictions of the beauty around us from as far away as Salzburg to as close as here on campus. Fr. Ghyselinck is the pastoral resident in Shipstad Hall and faculty in the performing and fine arts department. The exhibit will be on display into January.
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As part of its ongoing effort to improve peer tutoring and student performance, the University’s Learning Commons has been developing and improving tutor training, according to Learning Commons director Jeffrey White. The national College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) recently approved the Learning Commons’ application for Stage Two of the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) – Level 1. This approval represents the next step in certifying the Learning Commons’ tutor training program and follows an initial one-year certification. To receive approval for certification, the Learning Commons’ application was peer-reviewed by professionals in the field who are selected and trained by the CRLA.
Research indicates that students benefit more from programs with strong tutor training compared to students who utilize programs with untrained or minimally trained tutors. “Our work with tutors helps to develop them as facilitators of active and self-regulated learning,” said White. All tutors in the Learning Commons receive at least 11 hours of training that is standards-based, outcomes-oriented, and assessment-driven. “The rationale for training is strong. Programs that don’t train, observe, and assess their tutors tend to devolve into homework help that tends to encourage the illusion of learning among students,” added White.
The ITTPC Stage Two certification will last for three years, during which Learning Commons staff will continuously assess and improve the training in preparation for Stage Three and added levels of training.
For more information on the Learning Commons, tutor training, and how the Learning Commons can support students in your program, contact White at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Learning Commons website. The Learning Commons is a program of the Shepard Academic Resource Center.