The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons

As a vibrant collaborative, the Learning Commons integrates teaching, learning, information, and technology resources for spirited dialogue, individual learning, and collective discovery. It provides resources and innovative approaches to foster teaching and learning at Western Washington University.

Western Libraries & The Learning Commons Shared Learning Objectives:

  • Inquiry: to use and value inquiry for gaining and sharing knowledge
  • Collaboration: to collaborate as respectful, productive, and ethical members of a diverse and inclusive intellectual community
  • Agency: to demonstrate a sense of agency for managing own learning

What can the Learning

Commons do for you?

The Learning Commons is a collaborative composed of several programmatic partners, all of whom focus on a specific academic area to help all students and faculty succeed.

Research & Writing Support

Integrated Research & Writing Workshop Series

Offered through the Learning Commons, this quarterly workshop series provides faculty teaching WWU writing courses an opportunity to request strategy-based workshops for their students addressing key dimensions of doing inquiry-based writing. Faculty may request these workshops either singly or as a series:

  • Getting Started
  • Finding and Using Sources
  • Revising and Editing

Request a workshop!

Research-Focused Instruction

Library faculty and staff offer research-focused instruction sessions including workshops, demonstrations, and opportunities to work with specialized materials. Faculty teaching WWU courses can request sessions for their students addressing key dimensions of the research process. Some options include:


Consultations & Tutorials