Category Archives: Flynn DisCo

Last Week in the DisCo

birdTwo very different groups of students are adding to the scholarly conversation with course projects. Professor Nicholas Block’s Ornithology Capstone students are creating entries for NeoTropical Birds online the world’s best resource for Neotropical birds. Professor Block’s students are creating entries for birds that are not yet included in the resource, using a wealth of unique resources. They benefit from the number of ornithology resources that have been digitized. For more information see the course LibGuide.

Writing for our younger scholars are the students in Professor Stephen Pinzari’s Children’s Literature class. These students are writing and publishing books in one of the genres for very young children. From ABC books on great women in history to concept books about the environment, these students are preparing the next generation with a love of books, and learning. For more information see our Children’s Literature page.

 

Learning Starts at the Library

Flynn DiscoSpace in the DisCo is going fast! We already have 74 sessions booked for the Fall 2015 semester. Last year, Librarians conducted 145 information fluency sessions, with additional research consultations for individuals and small groups. If you are a faculty member interested in working with a librarian on research sessions for your class, we encourage you to contact us early with your preferred dates. You can email us at reference@stonehill.edu, call 508-565-1203, or contact your Subject Liaison.

We offer a wide variety of ways for students to work with the library, including information fluency sessions in the DisCo, small group consultations, one-on-one research consultations, and participation in your course eLearn site.

For Faculty interested in having librarians teach information fluency sessions in the DisCo:

  • Visit our websiteto learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit our Classroom PoliciesLibguides page to learn more about using the space
  • Visit our Teaching TemplatesLibguides page to see examples of interactive class sessions
  • For additional information on the technology in the classroom, including instructions for its use, visit the Flynn DisCo LibGuide.
  • The LibGuide will continue to be updated as we receive feedback and determine additional applications for the classroom technology.

For Students interested in using the Flynn DisCo:

  • Visit our websiteto learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit the Flynn DisCo Libguidefor instructions on using the technology for group work and studying

Update from the DisCo: September 2014

Flynn DiscoWhat students are saying:
“Simply MAGICAL”

“Loved the number of screens. Everything was very visible. Easy to follow.”

“The furniture and technology made the room seem livelier than regular wooden tables would have. If I had a group project to work on, I would make sure to come here.”

“The tablets allowed us to follow the lecture easier because we better remembered the steps by doing it ourselves.”

“Projection from tablets to TV screens was amazing.”

“All I have to say is that the instruction and new space created a wonderful learning experience.”

These are just a few of the student comments we’ve received in response to our end-of-class student surveys for class sessions in the new, grant-funded Flynn Discovery & Collaboration Space (DisCo). We’ve also reached out to Faculty to get their feedback on the new space.

What Faculty are saying:
“The renovations have made the space much more lively and useful. During the library session for my ‘Americans Abroad’ class, students were able to engage directly in research that would have been much slower and more cumbersome before. Thanks to the renovations, one minute they could work individually on their tablets and the next collaboratively with their group, using the white boards and the display screens to share ideas, all without long waits or stressful technical difficulties.  Plus there’s a disco ball!” – Sarah Gracombe, Associate Professor of English

“For years I have discussed with my students the importance of ‘collaboration’ in order to accomplish a greater good, particularly in the health care world. The need to share and not operate in silos is extremely crucial, especially as we work with the paradigm shift happening in health care.  The DisCo allows that to happen more freely, and encourages sharing as soon as you walk in the room and sit down. The enhancement of the electronics in the room is a bonus which makes it even more appealing.” – Larry Lencz, Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Administration

“The DisCo has exceeded my expectations.  As a class we can interact in multiple technology enabled ways.  One moment we can collectively focus our attention on material presented on a large projection screen.  Next, we can shift to seven separate groups each viewing their work on separate small group collaboration monitors on the wall.  As needed any given groups’ work can be switched over to the large projection screen for collective discussion.  The technology flexibility adds value to the classroom experience.” – Brian Glibkowski, Assistant Professor of Management & Business Adminstration

Our new space officially opened on August 20th, 2014, when we hosted two sections of ACE students for an introduction to the Library. Between August 20th and September 30th in the DisCo:

  • Librarians taught 28 class sessions
  • Faculty taught 5 sessions
  • Approximately 446 students participated in these sessions.

We have also been asking students to take a brief survey after their classes in the DisCo. Of the students surveyed:

  • 82% of those who had previous instruction in 116 said they “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that the new technology improved their learning experience.
  • 92% of those who had not had previous instruction in 116 said they “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that the new technology improved their learning experience.

If you are interested in booking a class in the DisCo, please email reference@stonehill.edu or call 508.565.1203. Please note that the room will continue to be very busy through the month of October, so we advise that you make your reservation early to ensure your preferred date!  It’s been a very busy semester so far, so thank you to everyone who has attended classes, taught classes, and helped us to make this new space successful!

Welcome to the DisCo: SCL Open House at MacPhaidin Library

The newly renovated library classroom

The newly renovated library classroom

Stonehill College Library will be hosting an Open House

Friday, September 5th

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tour the newly transformed Flynn Discovery and Collaboration Space

Discover the 7 different library collections and spaces on campus and how you can use them.

Explore historical collections such as shoes from the Brockton Shoe Museum highlighting local legends.  

Want something to watch this weekend, learn about streaming media and DVD collections.

All this and more at our Open House, all are welcome.

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Transformation via Discovery: Explore Evaluate Engage

The Brian J. Flynn Discovery and Collaboration Space

The newly renovated library classroom

The newly renovated library classroom

The MacPháidín Library provides instruction for the Stonehill College community in its classroom, located on the first floor of the Library in Room 116. Named the Brian J. Flynn Discovery and Collaboration Space, and dubbed the DisCo, the room is used by librarians for teaching Information Fluency, by faculty as a collaboratory for single classes, and by students to study, collaborate on projects, and relax. The renovated classroom serves as a highly interactive space utilizing advanced technology and innovative learning space design to maximize student learning outcomes.

We intend for this space to be a state-of-the-art instruction and study space for students and faculty that supports a 21st century research, teaching and learning community.

 

For Faculty interested in having Librarians teach Information Fluency sessions in the DisCo:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit our Classroom Policies Libguides page to learn more about using the space
  • Visit our Teaching Templates Libguides page to see examples of interactive class sessions
  • For additional information on the technology in the classroom, including instructions for its use, visit the Flynn DisCo LibGuide.
  • The LibGuide will continue to be updated as we receive feedback and determine additional applications for the classroom technology.

For Students interested in using the Flynn Disco:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit the Flynn DisCo Libguide for instructions on using the technology for group work and studying