Center for Connected Learning

Center for Connected Learning at Moffitt Library:
An interactive learning space for Berkeley undergrads

INSIDE THE VISION

Watch: The undergraduate collider space

Moffitt Library provides undergraduates with something that no other space on campus can — a place where students of all disciplines can come together to actively discover, develop, and prototype solutions that change the world. As the undergraduate hub for connected teaching, learning, and discovery at Berkeley, Moffitt Library now serves more than 10,000 students each day. “This is a very special place,” University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason explains.

And this is just the start. The Library is now laying the groundwork to bring together students, faculty, Library staff, and supporters to design an innovative and interactive teaching and learning space that spans all five floors of Moffitt Library.

We envision the Center for Connected Learning as a “collider space” where students flow between multimedia classrooms, collaborative project spaces, hands-on studios, and peer-to-peer and expert consultation — all within the same building. Students would have access to one-stop consultation on retrieval, evaluation and use of advanced information resources, tech support, and the skills required for 21st-century information literacy. Watch the video.

 

Watch: ‘They will come if we build it’

The Center for Connected Learning at Moffitt Library will deliver on Berkeley’s strategic commitment to strengthen the undergraduate experience, fuel a passion for inquiry and discovery, and nurture a vital and diverse intellectual community that is motivated and prepared to better the world. The Center for Connected Learning will level the playing field for undergraduates. Students who didn’t have access to a media lab in high school can now experiment with content-creation tools. Students with long commutes due to Berkeley’s competitive housing market now have a safe place to study, day and night. This project will enable undergraduates to build their own community of learners, stimulated by collisions with diverse perspectives. Watch the video.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MOFFITT LIBRARY

Kim Do, left, and Jed Lee participate in the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. (Photo by J. Pierre Carrillo for the UC Berkeley Library)

Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon addresses gender gap

Librarians have long known that with great knowledge comes the great responsibility to share it. But as the universe of online resources expands, a new mission has taken root: to help people not only uncover information, but to use those insights to improve the state of knowledge around the world. In March, a team of librarians partnered up in Moffitt Library to teach the campus community how to edit articles on Wikipedia — the free, online encyclopedia — as part of a series of Art+Feminism edit-a-thons held around the world that week. “If the Wikipedia community has a problem with diversity, it fails as an information community — which by definition is a community working to build and increase access to dynamic, diverse information,” said Monica Westin, publications and engagement manager at the California Digital Library, in her opening remarks at the event. Read more.

 

David Mimno gives the keynote presentation at the HTRC UnCamp. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the UC Berkeley Library)

Moffitt event highlights power of digital humanities

How important is a word to a particular genre? Who initiates violence more often: protesters or police? What if we could search for things based on shape, rather than keywords? At a conference for the digital humanities hosted by UC Berkeley, computer scientists and humanists gathered from around the U.S. to discuss bold research questions such as these, made possible by growing stores of data in digital libraries and a few new machine learning tricks. In late January, the HathiTrust Research Center, which offers tools and guidance for researchers wanting to mine the collection for new discoveries in human language and history, held its 2018 HTRC UnCamp — filling the fifth floor of Moffitt Library with project presentations and crash courses on textual analysis. Read more.

 

Moffitt Library lights up at night. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

New Level Up program focuses on information technology skills

Virtual reality, fake news, do-it-yourself web design — what do these things have in common? All are part of our ever-changing information landscape, for better or worse. And all are explored in a new initiative, Level Up, which aims to help students take a closer look at the technology in their lives through workshops and online guides. Want to learn about 3-D printing? Need help getting started on a research project? We’ve got students covered. “We want to empower students to create new media, experiment with emerging technologies, and be critical consumers of information in an age when bogus stories are increasingly common,” says E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian Cody Hennesy, who is designing and implementing the initiative. Learn more.

 

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