Presentation Practice Facilities
Practice spaces for individual and group rehearsal of presentations are a logical asset to
embed in comprehensive learning spaces. They have emerged in the past five years as an
important complement to commons, outfitted with projectors and large-screen monitors,
recording devices, playback options for critiquing personal performance, and occasionally
with experts at hand who can provide useful feedback.
A varied selection can be found at the following libraries:
University of Georgia’s Student Learning Center
http://slc.uga.edu/facility.html
University of Tennessee’s The Commons
http://commons.utk.edu/
Georgia Tech’s Presentation Rehearsal Studio
http://www.library.gatech.edu/news/rehearsal.php
University of Washington’s Odegaard Library Digital Presentation Studio
http://catalyst.washington.edu/learning_spaces/digital_presentation_studi
o.html
University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Weigle Commons
practice venues (with expert assistance)
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/cwic/faq.html
In Summary
Exceptional progress has been made to transform research libraries into popular
destinations for productivity and learning. Surveys suggest that libraries are
seen as the logical providers of primary learning spaces on campus. Today the
undergraduate learning commons is a celebrated success on most ARL
campuses.
Many of these enterprises are virtually identical in the assets and assistance
they provide. This is due in large part to the influence of early pioneers in the
learning-commons arena. Today some libraries are demonstrating new models
of programming and support that suggest the next wave of enhancements. The
best of these facilities are informed by user-centered studies that tap into the
genuine needs of undergraduates and the faculty who teach them. These
leading-edge spaces also provide opportunities to showcase student art and
projects, hear intriguing lectures from local and visiting personalities, and find
ample opportunities for social engagement.
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