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Aims Community College    
 
    
 
  Oct 22, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018

Learning Commons


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Learning Commons

Location:

College Center, 2nd floor

Director, Learning Commons:

Travis Brown, 970.339.6635

Assistant Directors: 

Susan Andersen, Library Services, 970.339.6503

Julie Luekenga, Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, 970.339.6328

Staff Specialist:

Mary Love, 970.339.6465

 

The Learning Commons provides numerous services to students and faculty in support of their educational goals and objectives. Located on the second floor of the College Center, this area includes the Computer Learning Lab, Library Services, Study Skills, Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere fosters learning, independent study, and collaborative effort to support student success. Here you will find open-use computers, the library collection, and tutoring assistance. We also have wireless internet access, group study rooms, casual seating, and a reading room. Knowledgeable staff have expertise in academic, library, career, and technical areas. For additional information and hours of operation, please see our website listed below.

  • Large number of PC and Mac computers loaded with current software 
  • Large physical collection of books, dvds, cds, audio books and learning aids available for checkout by students, faculty, staff and community members (fines are assessed for overdue items)
  • NOOK readers, loaded with e-books, available for checkout to students, faculty and staff
  • Laptop computers available for 2-week checkout to students
  • Two group study rooms and a relaxed reading room
  • Unlimited computer time (depending on open hours and availability)
  • Fast Internet connection and wireless capability
  • Copiers, scanners, and printers for general use
  • Curriculum support across disciplines, including CIS, Business Technology, AutoCAD, Graphics Technology and various programming languages
  • Drop-in tutoring available in math, English, writing across the curriculum, reading, and limited science 
  • Individual, group, and Guided Study Group tutoring for selected subjects
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Study skills sessions and workshops available to provide techniques and tips, useful in all course work
  • Online assistance available 24/7 through the Online Writing Lab and Academic Resources web pages
  • Writers’ Community sessions
  • Online tutoring available by contacting tutoringrequest@aims.edu
  • Course-embedded tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction for select courses
  • 24/7 on- and off-campus access to full-text online academic articles and databases
  • 24/7 online and mobile access to dozens of full-text eMagazines through Flipster
  • 24/7 on- and off-campus access to over 150,000 full-text eBooks titles
  • 24/7 on- and off-campus access to high quality research information through subject-specific Reference Guides
  • 24/7 virtual chat reference assistance through Ask Academic
  • Remote access to electronic library materials available at https://proxy1.aims.edu:2443/login
  • Course textbooks for most high-enrollment classes available at all campuses for 2-hour checkout

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Introduction

The Supplemental Instruction Program at Aims Community College is committed to helping students learn more systematically by providing avenues for organized group study. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a method of academic support that has proven effective in improving student academic success in courses with traditionally high D, F, and withdrawal rates. Supplemental Instruction initiatives at Aims actively address issues regarding student learning, persistence and retention. 

The SI model has proven to be nationally effective. Students who participate in SI have seen the following:

  • Higher mean final grades than those who do not participate
  • Lower percentage of withdrawals and final grades of D or F than students who do not participate in SI, regardless of prior academic achievement of the students
  • Higher retention and graduation rates than those who do not participate, regardless of the prior academic achievement of the students

Contact:

Julie Luekenga
julie.luekenga@aims.edu
970.339.6328

Locations:

Greeley Campus
College Center, 2nd Floor, South Wing

Computer Learning Lab and Tutoring Services 970.339.6541

Kiefer Library 970.339.6458

Computer lab, library, and tutoring services are also available at the following locations:

Fort Lupton Campus
Prairie, room 107, 303.718.5905

Loveland Campus
Room 105, 970.667.4611, ext. 3304

Windsor Campus
PSI, room 110, 970.378.3520

For additional information and hours of operation, please visit our website: http://www.aims.edu/learning-commons/.
*Please note: not all services are located on all campuses.

Learning Communities

The Learning Community Program at Aims Community College is designed to help students form connections for academic and social support by taking classes together as a group. Each learning community consists of classes (usually 2-3) scheduled in a cluster. Faculty teaching courses in the community work together to link class topics and assignments.

Participation in a learning community can make your academic experiences at Aims Community College more stimulating and enjoyable. Learning community students typically create a network of students and faculty that enhance academic programs.

Learning Communities are organized to fulfill a variety of educational needs so students can make steady progress toward their degree while taking interesting classes. The faculty members participating in the Learning Community Program are committed to creating an active learning environment that supports each student’s academic and personal development.

Consult an advisor for more information about Learning Communities at Aims.