Why a Learning Commons? For us at Pingree, the learning commons model is a team-based, student-centered design. The library, technology department, writing center, and educational resource center collaborate to provide the best resources and academic supports to our community. We have several student-led services such as the Peer Leader Tutoring program, a Peer Writing Feedback program, and a NerdHerd which provides level one technology support to students and faculty. All of this happens in a multi-purpose, multi-room facility with designated group areas and a quiet room to address the variety of learning styles of our students. This summer, our quiet room is actually undergoing a significant renovation, thanks to an E.E. Ford Foundation grant that we received to continue the work we’re doing to encourage innovative teaching and learning. Our main circulation/reference desk will become a more inviting, rounded shape. We will also be adding a new group room that will also serve as a production room, complete with green screen technology.