The Commons is a gathering place located in the Health Sciences Library for interprofessional development, discussion, and innovation. It connects a broad community of librarians, instructional designers, teaching experts, and technology leaders in support of educational goals.
The Commons is a space for interprofessional development, discussion, and innovation. A broad community of librarians, instructional designers, teaching experts, and technology leaders can connect here in support of educational goals.
We invite you to think about The Commons as a space to activate your creative and innovative ideas.
U of M faculty, staff, and students can use the Commons to:
- explore new technologies,
- practice active learning and other educational teaching techniques,
- create course content,
- engage in interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration,
- attend workshops to support teaching and learning across the health sciences disciplines, and
- build partnerships and work together in an interprofessional space.
Space and technology
Active learning classroom
- Seats: 24 total. 4 active learning pods with 6 seats at each.
- Set-up includes an instructor podium, computer and Crestron panel that lets instructor change display screens to one of four pods
- Seats: 1-2
- High-quality video production at the touch of a button
- Seats: 16
- Room can be a Zoom room and has access to a kitchenette for catering
Upcoming workshops in the Commons
Workshops are free of charge on a first come, first-served basis. Registration requested.
- NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Workshop (Online)
Recent news in the Commons
Hospitality to visitors from afar may include a gift bag of treats. For German students of dentistry from Heidelberg University, those treats included an introduction to the jaw-dropping high-tech in the Health Sciences Library and the history-rich learning environments in the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.
Michelle Henry-Stanley, PhD, had been looking for a better way to teach the complex topic of genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. She and her co-instructor Donna Spannaus-Martin, PhD, connected with our Makerspace to produce low-cost sets of 3D immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.
Associate Director, Education & Research Services
Nursing Librarian and Teaching and Learning Coordinator
- Phillips-Wangensteen Building — Room 5-150
- The Commons is open during scheduled workshops and events. Consultations are available by request.