How does the design and use of space in a Writing Center affect teaching and learning?
WC spaces should be flexible and adaptable. WC design should reflect a collaborative effort and create an environment that builds confidence and generates ideas. Some WCs believe they should be “homey,” while others disagree. How do we define “homey?” Look at our WC, consider how tutors as individuals can improve the space: sitting position, noise, table size, presence of computers, individual objects, etc. What about a larger scale? Layout, decoration, designs, furniture, etc.
Conduct seminar in the UWC lobby for the class that usually met in the WAC room (The other seminar was meeting in the UWC lobby). Participation in discussion plummeted drastically especially those seated on the edges of the group that normally participate heavily. Discussion about how meeting in the different rooms affect tutors.
Impact on WC
Moved all seminar sections to the WAC room for a semester.
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