The Learning Resources Center (LRC) has provided academic support to MSU students, faculty, and staff since 1969. During that time, the LRC provided tutoring in over 70 different courses, helped students develop effective academic success skills and strategies, and served students preparing for the GRE, MCAT, and the Teacher Education Basic Skills Test. As the needs of the MSU community have evolved, the LRC was always there to meet those needs with new technology and course-specific assistance. Change has come again, so the LRC is again answering with an exciting new mission. But don’t worry, we’ve always been the “study smarter” people; now we will be more.
Out With the Old
The Learning Resources Center is now the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). The center will also no longer provide GRE, MCAT, and Teacher Education Basic Skills Test workshops. Additionally, the center will no longer provide individual tutoring or study skills assistance, group tutoring, or study groups as these services are to be provided by peer educators in their academic units.
In With the New
The CLC will now be MSU’s center for training those peer educators—including tutors, supplemental instruction leaders, undergraduate learning assistants, recitation leaders, and academic coaches—to deliver effective study skills and learning strategies, collaborative learning techniques, and classroom assessment techniques. In short, we will be teaching peer educators best practices for incorporating “how to learn” with “what to learn.” For example, through the CLC, peer educators can learn how to help students develop their problem solving skills, improve their ability to distinguish between the less- and more-relevant information in a lecture, and improve their ability to organize and use their time effectively. The CLC can also equip peer educators with classroom activities for assessing their students’ learning—as well as whether students are learning what is intended. In addition, the CLC can help arrange policy training for peer learning assistants. Simply let us know what services are needed and we will work with you to make sure your needs are met.
Why the Change?
The goal of this evolutionary leap for our unit is to improve student learning by providing more—and better—support to students through peer educators. The peer educators will be trained to more comprehensively support students, to work with them in and out of the classroom, to interact with faculty, and to provide supplemental instruction to discover more effective ways to scale the support to students.
Who Should Use the New CLC?
Although priority will be given to courses with high DFW rates, all units employing tutors, supplemental instruction leaders, undergraduate learning assistants, academic coaches, or any other peer educators should request assistance from the CLC. If you are a unit thinking of beginning a Peer Learning Assistant Program of any sort, the CLC can help you build it; if your unit already has such a program, the CLC can help you make it better. Whether you need information on hiring, interviewing, selecting courses to support, or training, we can assist you with the entire process. To inquire about this service or to request assistance, contact the CLC at 517.355.2363 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. So the CLC isn’t only MSU’s “study smarter” people, we’re now the “teach smarter” people.