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What is the most successful learning environment on the Marshall campus? Why?
Making academic buildings useful outside of class
Updated: Feb 04, 2013 Carl M4 Idea HEARD
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The classrooms in our academic buildings are generally functional, and the TECI upgrades are making them even better. However, after class is over, our academic buildings often present an unfriendly atmosphere to students (I am thinking particularly of the classroom buildings such as Smith, Science, Corbly, and Harris). There is little seating for students near their classrooms or professors' offices. In some buildings, students routinely sit on the hallway floor while waiting for class to start. Of course this unfriendly atmosphere encourages the students to leave the building very quickly after class is over. There is little that can be done about this in the short term, but in the long term we can make our academic buildings more student-friendly, with the goal of making it convenient for students remain in the buildings, and close to their professors, when they are not in class. Some strategies include safe seating in hallways and student "work lounges" in academic buildings (which could be converted from small classrooms). One thing Marshall can offer students, compared to other schools, is a more personalized educational experience and more attention from their professors - but the professors can't give that attention when the students leave immediately after class. Making the buildings more attractive for studying would also be convenient for commuter students who want to spend study time between and after their classes.

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