GPRC to adopt innovative Learning Commons model
Monday, June 29th, 2020
GRANDE PRAIRIE – As Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) continues on the path of becoming the northern centre of excellence in post-secondary education, the College is increasing its accessibility of student and faculty support. Effective immediately, GPRC will be implementing innovative changes to their libraries and support services on both campuses to a comprehensive Learning Commons model.
“The Learning Commons will be more than just a library,” said Dr. Kieren Bailey, Librarian and Library Chair at GPRC. “This new model will serve as the academic heart of our institution and be a place for students, faculty and community to engage, learn and discover.”
Once complete, the Learning Commons will provide a centralized and collaborative space, offering services and resources to aid in the success of learning, teaching and conducting research at GPRC.
“The Learning Commons will enrich the overall experience at GPRC,” said Dr. Bailey. “Students and faculty will be presented new opportunities and technologies for research, collaboration and utilization. It will play an important and transformative role with fresh and innovative visions for individual education as we prepare our students for their futures.”
All library services as well as academic coaching, testing accommodation, research support, technology assistance, accessibility services and tutor supports will be provided within this new cohesive model.
“Our College remains focused on its goal of an unparalleled student experience,” said Dr. Robert Murray, GPRC President and CEO. “Creating a student-centred Learning Commons, which is accessible, innovative and collaborative is integral as our College continues to meet the demands of the communities we serve.”
The Learning Commons model will be implemented in stages. Immediate changes include the modernization of services and resources, while changes to the physical learning spaces on the Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses will happen over time.