Since 2008, representatives from the Brown Library and the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning have met with faculty from Communications, Art & Design, and English to develop the vision for the Learning Studio. Our work included lessons learned from the original Learning Commons team, surveys of successful media centers around the country, as well as site visits and consultation with other university libraries. (See Site Visits page for more information.)
In 2009, Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen and the LINK Team funded our first proof-of-concept location. The Digital Media Center opened that fall, directed by Dr. Kyle Dickson with student staff supplied by Team55 and the Adams Center.
In May of 2010 we announced we would be part of a $1.8 million gift from AT&T to support continued exploration of mobile learning. The grant provides resources for the mobile research fellows program led by the Adams Center and the Office for Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs, creating the new K-12 Digital Learning Institute program led by the Department of Teacher Education, and expanding media creation capabilities in the new AT&T Learning Studio.
We would like to thank many people at ACU who have invested hours in making the Learning Studio vision possible:
Brown Library – Dr. Mark Tucker, dean; Melissa Atkinson, Laura Baker, Karen Hendricks, Dr. Mark McCallon, and Dora Weathers
Adams Center – George Saltsman, director; Lyndell Lee, Dennis Marquardt, and Dr. Bill Rankin
Communication – Dr. Joe Cardot, chair; Dr. Lauren Lemley, and Dr. Lynette Sharp Penya
Art & Design – Mike Wiggins, chair; and Brandon Young
Journalism & Mass Communication – Joyce Haley and her JMC 492-Ad/PR Campaigns class
Campus Aesthetics – Mary Reyes and Alex Potess (student designer)
Physical Resources – Scot Colley, Gus Espinoza, and Zane Dennis