Catalog 2010-2011, Final Edition 
    
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Catalog 2010-2011, Final Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning Commons / Organizational Development



Learning Commons

Location:

College Center, 2nd floor

Associate Dean:

Rob Umbaugh, 970.339.6237

Staff Specialist:

Russell Iverson, 970.339.6229

Academic Resource Center

Program Coordinator:

Mary Gabriel, 970.339.6248

Interim Tutoring Coordinator:

Elly Darwin, 970.339.6465

Lead Librarian:

Ellen Willis, 970.339.6347

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, Kiefer Library and Tutoring Services. 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, along with wireless access, group study rooms, casual seating, and a reading room. Knowledgeable staff has 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
  • 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
  • Assistance with the Disability Access Services lab and equipment
  • Curriculum support across disciplines, including CIS, Business Technology, AutoCAD, Graphics Technology and various programming languages
  • Interactive software for reading, math, intensive English, and English as a second language
  • Drop-in tutoring available in math, English, writing, reading, and accounting
  • Individual, group, and Guided Study Group tutoring for selected subjects
  • Writing Center for assistance with college papers
  • Online tutoring available
  • Library collection includes print, DVD, audio book, and electronic materials
  • 24/7 access to full-text books, periodical articles, and databases
  • 24/7 virtual reference through Ask Colorado
  • Remote access to electronic library materials through the library web page at http://www.aims.edu/kieferlibrary/database/index.php
  • Course textbooks available for 2-hour checkout

Locations:

Greeley Campus
College Center, 2nd Floor, South Wing

Computer Learning Lab
970.339.6541

Tutoring Services
970.339.6541

Kiefer Library
970.339.6227

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

Fort Lupton Campus
Room 108A, 303.857.4022, ext. 4326

Loveland Campus
Room 105.1 and 105.2,
970.667.4611, ext. 3304

For additional information and hours of operation, please visit our website: http://www.aims.edu/learningcommons/

Learning & Organizational Development

Location:

Westview, Room 699A

Associate Dean:

Rob Umbaugh, 970.339.6237

Staff Specialist:

Russell Iverson, 970.339.6229

Learning & Organizational Development is the area that addresses college- wide learning needs. This area encompasses services that support the lifelong learning skills of students. Additionally it addresses the college-wide needs for organizational development by creating learning opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators through both the Center for Professional Development and Faculty Teaching & Learning Center.

The departments within the Learning & Organizational Development area are:

Fireside Lounge

The Fireside Lounge is an open learning space that fosters student-to-instructor and student-to-student interaction beyond the classroom. It is open to all Aims members including students, staff and faculty. The space is appropriate for collaborative learning, project planning and development, practice and delivery of presentations, student-to-student and student-instructor meetings, personal study and reflection, and other activities that support learning. Activities within the Lounge are “free-flow” and students, instructors and staff use the space when their schedule permits. For more information about the use of the space contact: Russell Iverson at 970.339.6229.

Location:

Beaty Hall,
Rooms 127a, 127b, 127c

Center for Professional Development/Faculty Teaching & Learning Center for Faculty and Staff at Aims Community College

The Center for Professional Development provides a variety of learning opportunities to Aims’ faculty and staff, teams and departments.

This area is available to help all employees to create learning opportunities which demonstrate the philosophy behind our approach to learning centeredness.

Location:

Greeley Campus:
Westview Building, room 660
970.339.6649

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.

  • Research shows that students in learning communities tend to be more successful in college than their peers.
  • Learning community students typically discover they feel more comfortable on campus.
  • Students make friends more easily, create a network of fellow students and faculty for academic assistance, and get better grades.

Learning communities are organized to fulfill a variety of educational needs so that you can make steady progress toward your degree while taking interesting classes. The faculty members participating in the Learning Community Program are among the best teachers on campus, and their commitment to the program is an example of their interest in creating an active learning environment which supports each student’s academic and personal development.

Consult an advisor for more information about learning communities at Aims.

Program Contact:

Rob Umbaugh
rob.umbaugh@aims.edu
970.339.6237

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. Aims’ program is designed to provide academic support to courses which typically have historically high withdrawal and failure rates based on internal and external statistics.

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

  • Students who participate in Supplemental Instruction earn higher mean final grades than those who do not participate
  • Students who participate in SI have a 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
  • Students who participate in SI have higher retention and graduation rates than those who do not participate, regardless of the prior academic achievement of the students

Contact:

Jennifer Naimark
jennifer.naimark@aims.edu
970.339.6649