Chi Wah Learning Commons (智華館)

  1. Introduction
  2. Learning Spaces
  3. Facilities
  4. Opening Hours
  5. Student Advisory Services
  6. Support Services
  7. User Rules and Guidelines
  8. Feedback

1. Introduction

The 6,000 m2 Chi Wah Learning Commons (智華館) is located at the podium levels of the University’s new Centennial Campus.  The facility, which spreads over three levels, is a technology-rich, shared or common space in which students, teachers and others can come together to interact, and participate in various kinds of activities held there.  There are a number of entrances to the Learning Commons, one of which is on the Ground (G) floor, the courtyard level, with a spiral staircase connecting levels 1 and 2 (CPD-1 and CPD-2) of the Learning Commons vertically.


2. Learning Spaces

A variety of spaces are provided for individual and self-paced learning in the Learning Commons. These include quiet study areas, reading and lounging areas and individual workstations. Collaborative learning spaces are provided in the form of group study rooms, more traditionally styled work tables as well as diner booth style places that are well suited to group interactivity.  There is also a Language Laboratory with five cubicles, a Multi-media workshop as well as a coffee corner inside the Learning Commons, which will be opened for use when ready.

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Learning Spaces (Level 1)

 

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Learning Spaces (Level 2)

3. Facilities

On technology side, the Learning Commons is well provided with wired and wireless (WiFi) network connectivity, audio-visual facilities in group study rooms, all-in-one desktop PCs dispersed across the area, as well as A4/A3 printers for colour and black/white printing and copying. Last but not least, there are two video walls inside the Learning Commons, which may be used for broadcasting of events, such as talks given by renowned speakers, held in lecture theatres.

The Learning Commons in the Centennial Campus will become a campus hub for student-centered learning activities. The University is committed to making it an inspiring, vibrant and technology-rich learning space supported by a range of services and activities to enhance student experience and to enable skills development. The Learning Commons is managed by Information Technology Services, with advisory services also provided by other service providers for students. Details on various kinds of advisory services and activities available in the Learning Commons will be announced later.

Location of the Printing Facilities and Study Rooms on Learning Commons:


4. Opening Hours

For the opening hours of Chi Wah Learning Commons, please click here for details.

Note: The Learning Commons is only accessible via the spiral staircase at the main entrance on G/F after 20:00 when it is open. For those who have difficulty in accessing the Learning Commons via the staircase, please contact the Facilities Management Office at 3917 7717 for assistance.


5. Student Advisory Services

On the second floor of Learning Commons (shown in green on this floor plan), there is a Student Advisory Services Zone where students may seek advice from a number of departments, namely the Academic Advising Office (AAO), Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES), Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) and the University Libraries.

The Student Advisory Services Zone consists of an open space where the advisors are on duty; a Language Practice Laboratory (to be opened later); and nine interview rooms for one-on-one discussions. There is a display screen at each end of the Zone showing the servicing hours of the advising departments.

The following outlines the types of advice that students will be able to obtain in the Learning Commons.

The Academic Advising Office (AAO) will provide academic advice to students on a one-on-one basis in the following areas:

  • adjustment to university studies and development of study plans;
  • guidance on academic regulations and cross-faculty learning opportunities;
  • attending to academic areas of weakness;
  • planning for postgraduate studies; and
  • exploration of campus resources to enhance academic success.

The Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) will provide English writing support in one-on-one sessions where undergraduates and postgraduate students can come to:

  • get advice from teaching assistants;
  • learn how to analyze and plan an assignment;
  • learn how to grow as a writer;
  • develop writing techniques in both academic and literary writing.

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) will focus primarily on providing “non-academic” advice to students covering such areas as career advising, service and experiential learning opportunities, generic skills (e.g. time management, study and life skills, and personal growth), campus life planning (e.g. financial management, housing needs), and university life planning (e.g. goal setting, learning plans, cultural awareness).

The University Libraries will offer assistance to students in:

  • using the library services and facilities;
  • formulating search strategies;
  • searching the information resources, such as Dragon (the library catalogue) and the article databases; and
  • setting up personal consultations for in-depth information search.

Moreover, CAES and CEDARS are jointly offering the "Peer English Tutoring" scheme in the Zone; and, in conjunction with the Chinese Language Centre, CEDARS is also offering the “Survival Cantonese” scheme. More details of the schemes can be found at these websites: http://caes.hku.hk/ve and http://cedars.hku.hk


6. Support Services

The Learning Environment Services (LES) team of Information Technology Services is responsible for the day-to-day operation and support services of the Learning Commons.  There are staff members on duty at the two main service counters on each of CPD-1 and CPD-2 levels of the Learning Commons.  Staff on duty wears a dark-blue polo shirt with the words “Learning Environment Services” at the back, and Unversity shield on the sleeve for easy identification.  


7. User Rules and Guidelines

The Learning Commons is a campus hub for student-centered learning activities. It is not open to the public. Individual visitors to the Learning Commons must be accompanied by a student or a staff member of the University. Visiting by groups of more than five must be arranged at least one working day in advance through duty staff at the Service Counters. The Security Guards may require individuals entering the Learning Commons to show their university cards for identification purpose.

Inside the Learning Commons, users must exhibit respectable behavior, and must not jeopardize the rights of other users of the facility.  While interactions and group discussions are encouraged, such activities should be carried out in a manner as not to cause undue disturbance to other users. Please check out the Rules and Guidelines for using the Learning Commons.


8. Feedback

Users of the Learning Commons are invited to provide feedback on the facilities and services provided in the facility. Please send your feedback by email to ithelp@hku.hk.

Learning Environment Services Team
Information Technology Services

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