The days of some students spending time at the library in their college for a nap are now over.
That’s because College of the North Atlantic has recently renovated libraries, now known as Learning Commons, at six of its campuses and with that students are able to bring thoughts to reality and combine them with an innovative flavour.
Whether students want to enjoy some alone time, focus on studying or engage in group discussions, there is a space for everyone – plush seating, vibrant ambiance and the latest gadgets spread across several spaces available for all student learning needs.
The aim of the makeover project was to create an environment that fosters group learning and collaboration for students to succeed as individuals or in teams.
Dynamic additions include cozy couches and higher chairs standing against tables of varied styles, brightly coloured walls paired alongside several technology-driven stations, all aimed at providing a fun and relaxing learning atmosphere.
Elizabeth (Libby) Chaulk, the college’s vice-president of academics and student services, said she’s really excited about the newly renovated Learning Commons as an innovative way to help serve, and support learning for students.
Huddle stations in the learning commons are equipped with a writing board and large screen computer, comfortable for two or more people, and perfect for casual or team project meetings.
Since most everything today’s student does is via smartphones and tablets, mobile charging stations are perhaps the most welcomed additions.
Laptop bars have been designed for students who spend time surfing for information or conducting online research. Students can also sign out CNA laptops for a period of seven days.
Also, smartboard-equipped study rooms can accommodate large or small, groups providing added privacy to discuss and share ideas within closed rooms.
For students who go to the Learning Commons for a bit of quiet time and privacy, individual cubicle spaces are available while being surrounded by a vibrant, relaxing atmosphere.
Learning Commons locations:
Bay St. George
Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s
Ridge Road in St. John’s
Source: College of the North Atlantic
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