Matheson Learning Commons

Students in the Learning Commons

This dynamic, student-centered space is located on the main floor of the Library.

Featuring advanced technology, integrated service points, and a variety of study spaces, the Learning Commons is designed to enhance the scholarly, creative, and professional pursuits of the Brock Community.  This welcoming environment offers unique opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers, exchange ideas, and find support for their academic activities.

Learning Commons Partners

Career Education

Helping students navigate career opportunities and develop career goals while supporting employers with their campus hiring strategies

Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

Support, promotion and advancement of teaching and learning

James A. Gibson Library

Support for teaching, research, and learning with a wide range of services, expertise and collections

A-Z Learning Services

Free academic and life skills workshops, drop-in learning centres, and online resources

We offer an array of services within a dynamic and vibrant learning environment.

Fresh new space

  • 11 group study rooms that can be reserved for use by student groups
  • a variety of study areas: booths, couches, tables, counters, individual study carrels
  • 2  classrooms available for workshops and seminars
  • 2 entrances for convenience
  • Common Grounds cafe

Easy access to services and assistance

  • Combined circulation/reserves/research help services at the ASK US desk – sign out laptops and library materials in one place!
  • A Learning Centre for drop-in help with essay writing, math, science and learning skills
  • CareerZone for assistance with resumes, interview skills, and job searches
  • A Consultation Room offering in-depth and drop-in consultations for students with learning skills instructors
  • Peer-to-peer assistance at the Learning Commons Info Desk
  • computer lab and silent study designated times/spaces

New technology

  • 113 public computers (PCs)
  • 15 laptops available for borrowing
  • 2 touchscreen directories
  • 2 digital information screens
  • photocopiers and printers
  • digital art wall displaying media art from the Brock community
  • a makerspace

Learning Commons Peer Assistants are available at the LC Info Desk at the south entrance of the Matheson Learning Commons where they provide one-stop information and referral to services available in the Learning Commons such as:

LC Peer Assistants

Students helping students!
Need help? Look for us in our orange shirts!

  • learning skills and leadership workshops
  • “plus” programs
  • academic and career planning
  • tutoring
  • library research
  • technology support
  • drop-in consultations
  • drop-in writing and study skills
  • service learning opportunities
  • TA workshops
  • campus events

To also assist users, and provide a safe, comfortable, and positive learning environment for everyone, they also circulate throughout the Library and Learning Commons providing basic informational and technical help to individual users:

  • directions
  • printing and photocopying
  • finding and locating materials
  • booking group study rooms
  • suggesting available study spaces
  • connecting laptops to the Internet
LC Peer Assistant helping student

Proudly serving Starbucks coffee and specialty beverages. Come in and enjoy:

  • Iced drinks
  • Tea, Coffee
  • Desserts
  • Cold Drinks

Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30AM-9:30PM
  • Friday: 7:30AM-7:30PM
  • Saturday: 10AM-7PM

Exhibits

The Matheson Learning Commons welcomes exhibits that support the learning, teaching and research activities of Brock University.

Exhibit space is in the form of 2 display cases inside the Learning Commons, 2 display cases outside the south entrance, along the Thistle Corridor, and a four-screen LCD video art wall.

Exhibits are subject to the Learning Commons Exhibit Guidelines which pertain to Brock University departments, committees or organizations who may wish to use the exhibit/display space in the Matheson Learning Commons. All proposals should be submitted on the Exhibit Request form.

Two bulletin boards, two LC Digital Information Screens, and two Touchscreens are available for posting informational notices about services, programs and events by the Learning Commons partners. On a limited basis, information from other Brock University departments that promote academic or research oriented events on campus (e.g. symposia, colloquia, special lectures) or that promote community engagement may be posted. Requests from groups external to the University may be considered, only in exceptional circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis. Postings are subject to the Learning Commons Bulletin Board and Digital Information System Posting Guidelines.

Full Exhibit Guidelines

Submit a Request

The Matheson Learning Commons is equipped with a four-screen LCD video wall (with speakers), suitable for the presentation of various forms of digital art. Designed to enhance the inviting and engaging atmosphere of the Learning Commons, the Digital Art Wall is situated at the busy south entrance, next to comfortable seating and group work areas. As a custom-made digital art venue, it facilitates and encourages the development of digital art in the Niagara region by promoting exhibitions that will showcase media art, instigate dialogue and expose the Brock community to this art form and its discourse.

Submissions by Brock University students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome. The Learning Commons Digital Art Wall Committee’s mandate is to consider all submissions and approve selections for exhibition.

Projects proposed for consideration must relate to the teaching, learning or research activities at Brock University and be artistic or educational in nature. The Digital Art Wall is not intended to be used for marketing purposes or as a bulletin-board type venue. Special consideration will be given to submissions that utilize the display space in innovative and creative ways. The Digital Art Wall resides within a study/work area and the needs of users will take precedence.

All proposals must be submitted on the Digital Art Wall Exhibit Proposal Submission Form for consideration by the Learning Commons Digital Art Wall Committee. Potential exhibitors will be contacted regarding the status of their proposed exhibit as soon as the Committee has met for adjudication. The Committee retains the right of refusal and is not obliged to accept every exhibit offered for display. If accepted, the Committee retains the right to approve any publicity.

Full Digital Art Wall Guidelines

Submit a Proposal

Time (2017) 
Denise Apostolatos

 

“The passing of time is never fully realized except for when associated with objects, rooms or spaces. In terms preservation, an awareness of how old or how long something has remained in a particular state is not fully realized until a visual indicator such as a date presents itself. When spaces or objects remain untouched they fully illustrate how much time has actually passed. Time (2017) visually represents the interaction between a stagnant state of repose and the abstracted notion of time.”

Contact

Donna Grant
Learning Commons Manager
ST239
905-688-5550 x.3924
dgrant@brocku.ca