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Writing Commons Participates in Interdisciplinary Collaboration: January 31, 2011

Posted Mar. 6, 2011
Neighbors “Moving in Together”: Innovative Collaborations in Library Spaces by Jeanne Smith, Director of the Writing Commons; Jeffrey Pellegrino, Assistant Director of the Faculty Professional Development Center; and Gary Mote, Manager of the Student Multimedia Studio in University Libraries, brings together their collaborative experiences and plans for the creation of a collaborative space within the Kent State University’s main library at the eTech Ohio Education Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio this Spring.  Building upon the conference theme, “Learning through Innovation,” Jeanne, Jeffrey and Gary identified what they see as the next innovation toward improving teaching and learning at Kent State University: surprisingly, not a new technology but creating collaborative spaces where all constituents of the academic community -- including faculty, students and their support teams -- can more efficiently and effectively work together.  Their presentation will explore the challenges of innovating across campus from separate locations, and explain evolving plans to co-locate many of our institutional functions.  As a first step towards future collaboration, the campus Writing Commons and Student Multimedia Studio are leading an effort to co-locate technology and learning support spaces on campus within the main library. The impetus for presenting to this conference is to share educational theory’s application to practical issues of space, resources, and money. The eTech Ohio Conference provides over 6,500 attendees from colleges and universities across Ohio with the opportunity to network and learn best practices from their peers, and acquire resources to assist them with advancing learning through technology.  The 3-day conference runs from January 31st to February 2nd.  Information about the conference and registration information is available at