New Learning Studio completed
SCRANTON, Pa. – As Lackawanna College enters its 120th year of providing a first-class education in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials today unveiled its newest initiative in helping students reach their educational goals.
During an event at the College’s Scranton campus on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, the new Learning Studio was unveiled. Designed with input from the College’s own Center for Teaching and Learning, the Studio transformed a once traditional classroom into a setting that incorporates a cutting-edge design that is organized to permit learning in an environment focused on constructive teaching rather than a lecture-based format.
“Our institution knows the reality of differences among students and the importance of student-centered approaches,” said Kevin McDonough, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor at Lackawanna College. “We know our diverse student body has varying passions, interests, hopes, concerns, learning styles, backgrounds, and goals. Our new learning studio is just the beginning, and we’re confident in the impact it will have on the education offered at Lackawanna.”
The unconventional setting offers a wide variety of possibilities, and the Studio has no traditional “front” to further encourage peer discussions, individualized exchanges, and non-traditional assessment that is both valid and reliable for the College’s diverse faculty. The Studio has flexible seating arrangements, storage space, and advanced technology to meet the needs of today’s students.
Lackawanna’s vision for the Learning Studio was completed in collaboration with One Point. The Scranton business provided design materials and other resources to complete the transformation.
“Over the past few years, Lackawanna College invested significant time and resources in developing our understanding of diverse learning style requirements and in preparing our faculty to address the changing needs of our students. Through a collaboration with One Point and several other businesses, we now have a cutting-edge facility – the first of its kind in our region – to continue our growth as a first-class teaching institution,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said.
The experimental learning space seeks to determine the impact that a physical environment can have on the overall learning process.
“Both literally and metaphorically, the Learning Studio – as part of the greater concept of the Center for Teaching and Learning – demonstrates our institutional philosophy about the importance of providing our students with educational experiences that inspire, empower, and motivate them,” added Erica Barone-Pricci, Lackawanna College Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Our exceptional faculty have a genuine passion for teaching, and this Learning Studio gives them the tools to practice their craft in new and exciting ways.”
Nine classes ranging from Basic Writing Skills and Introduction to Mass Media to Leadership in Schools and Community and Human Resource Management are scheduled to take place in the Learning Studio during the Fall 2014 semester.