Informatics Professor and Program Director Sara Hook and Lecturer Jennifer Stewart secured a Learning Environment grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching & Learning for the creation of an I-Learn Center in the School of Informatics and Computing, Department of Human-Centered Computing (HCC).
I-Learn, which stands for Informatics – Learn, Engage, Apply, Reflect, Network, was created as a collaborative area providing students with a new venue for learning, and a place to engage with faculty members and community partners. The center, now open, is located on the fifth floor of the ICTC building, Room 592, and will also function as a place for students to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge as they move through the undergraduate Informatics program.
Equipped with a more flexible workspace, the I-Learn Center has tables and chairs that are on wheels so that they can be easily moved around along with a display unit, making it a great place for group projects, presentation reviews, as well as individual meetings with a classmate, mentor or tutor.
“This is something our students have been asking for. They want a sense of community and a place to call their own. So we are thrilled to be able to provide that for them,” said Hook. “The hope is that it will also aid in helping to foster and develop a sense of reciprocity and cooperation among students, encouraging active learning, and providing an avenue for prompt feedback and space where diverse talents and ways of learning are respected and accommodated.”
Although primarily targeted to undergraduate Informatics students, the I-Learn Center will also be available for other students in the department helping to cultivate an atmosphere in which undergraduate and graduate students will feel free to interact, network and mentor one another.