Book Chapter or Section
The administration, faculty, and staff at Hostos Community College strive to improve students’ computer and information literacy skills while meeting the distinct needs of Millennials. In 2007, Hostos initiated a project to reconfigure physical spaces throughout the campus (areas in the Library, Academic Learning Center, Educational Technology Office, and Academic Computing Center) and establish a unified virtual space, creating a cross-divisional entity: the Information Learning Commons (ILC).
This case discusses the formation of the ILC Committee, the group that envisions and manages physical ILC spaces’ renovation and also develops virtual spaces; the planning and implementation of physical learning commons spaces; the web applications that unify the ILC; the benefits of reducing duplication and optimizing resource utilization; Hostos’ current challenges with the ILC concept; and finally, the imminent expansion of virtual commons spaces. Hostos is an exemplar in how collaboration can creatively maximize resources through technology to meet students’ needs.
Elsayed, H., Guevara, C., Hoda-Kearse, R., Li, I., Lyons, K., Rosa, G. & Sehgal, V. (2013). Beyond physical space: Implementing a virtual learning commons at an urban community college. In Carpenter (Ed.) Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology. Pennsylvania: IGI Global.