Inside the new FHSU: The Learning Commons

Construction is almost complete on the new Forsyth Library Learning Commons at Fort Hays State University.

The Learning Commons (TLC) will serve as another technology help desk available for students and will cater especially to users of tablet computers. An online, 24-hour help desk, a technology rental service, software workshops and new "smart study rooms" are available to students.

TLC will lighten the load on the Computing and Telecommunication Center, in Tomanek Hall room 113, while they prepare the campus for the increase of technology, according to Dave Schmidt, director of the Computing and Telecommunications Center. Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, coordinator of The Learning Commons, looks forward to providing more personal support for computing problems. According to Danner-Kuhn, the commons has already dealt with many issues regarding the new tablet computers required on campus.

TLC offers rentals on digital cameras, scanners and tablet computers. Planning is underway for workshops teaching students, faculty and staff about new software programs. The Commons has also introduced Atomic Learning, a tutorial Web site that can walk an FHSU student through more than 110 software programs.

The difference between the CTC and the Learning Commons is availability and location. TLC is constructing "smart study rooms" located throughout the library. These rooms will
have 46-inch plasma screen televisions, which can be connected to a laptop. This eliminates the problem of a group of students huddling around one computer screen for a project. Interactive white boards will also be available.

Another significant difference between the two computing centers is the live chat and the America Online instant messaging service. These help services will be available 24 hours a day. A student needs only to log in and add TLC as a buddy and, if the green light is on, a trained staff or student will be able to help with the situation.

For more information about TLC, contact Danner-Kuhn at, call (785) 628-5494 or see

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