Students at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) encountered a big change on campus this fall as the former library has been transformed into the new “Learning Commons.” In addition to library and reference support, the Learning Commons also includes four wall-mounted and two table-mounted interactive digital touch screens, top-of-the-line SMART kapp boards, the Computer Help Desk, and an open computer lab.
Judi Moreno, director of the Learning Commons, notes how the new space “brings together key campus support services that play a critical role in the academic success of students. It is a place where students can come together to collaborate, innovate, and learn in a technology-rich space.”
Also located in the Learning Commons are the Writing Center and the brand new Math/Science Center, both of which provide individual and small group tutoring. “This enables students to have access to all of their academic support resources in one place,” adds Moreno.
Student Senate President Emily Rubino of Auburn describes the Learning Commons as an “interactive learning playground” that encourages students to engage with one another. “The Learning Commons is set up for interaction. From the Help Desk to the giant touch screen displays, you can tell the College wanted to take a new approach to learning,” Rubino added.
Photo Caption: CMCC students Emily Rubino of Auburn and Samuel Storer of Wiscasset are seated at one of the table-mounted interactive digital touch screens in the new Learning Commons at the College.