Although host to a pilot project last year, this fall marks the official start of what College Library anticipates will be a highly successful partnership with the WisCEL program. WisCEL (The Wisconsin Collabortory for Enhanced Learning) is an innovative approach to learning that combines technologically rich spaces, self-paced learning, and peer collaboration. There are currently two WisCEL Centers on campus, one at Wendt Commons and the other here at College Library in Room 3250.
From 7:30am to 5:30pm the room at College will be devoted to classroom space for fundamental Math classes including Math 95, 101, and 112. A primary WisCEL objective is success for all students, says John Booske, a UW-Madison professor of electrical and computer engineering who spearheaded the initiative. “We aim to provide a personalized learning experience, even while teaching large numbers of students,” he says. “In part, we are teaching students how to think. Ultimately, we hope our efforts will help them develop as confident, independent, lifelong learners.”
In the evening the space transitions to a general use computer lab and group study rooms that can be reserved by the general student population. Anyone affiliated with UW-Madison may make a reservation using their NetID with the libraries’ newly-implemented reservation system. Go to library.wisc.edu/studyrooms to see details on the spaces available in campus libraries.
College Library staff welcome new users to this space and look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.