Every aspect of the recently opened Collaborative Learning Space — from the technology to the movable tables, chairs, and whiteboards — is designed to foster collaboration. Located in Room B-30 in Lamont Library, the space brings a new level of flexibility to library instruction and includes features unavailable in other Harvard College Library (HCL) classrooms.
“This is an innovative space that librarians and students can use in many ways,” said Susan Fliss, associate librarian for research, teaching, and learning. “It is different from other classrooms because instead of sitting in fixed rows, people will be gathered in groups, and the movable furniture allows for endless variations. We’re trying to engage students, and this space will allow librarians to explore different ways of doing that.”
The newly renovated room, which opened on Nov. 4, was designed to allow librarians to experiment with different teaching methods, but will also serve as space where librarians can come together to collaborate on identifying best practices and to work in groups in collaboration with HCL’s academic partners, said Fliss, who initiated the project.
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