Editor’s Note: This is an expanded excerpt from the cover article on Lopes Live Labs in the August 2021 issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here.
Lopes Live Labs resonates with all colleges and businesses on the Grand Canyon University campus. They put the experience into the GCU experience. In the final installment of our seven-part series, we summarize how other colleges have incorporated this important learning tool:
College of Theology
The GCU Recording Studio produced Canyon Worship’s annual albums for five years and allowed Worship Arts students to record solo work.
“This is a top notch professional studio,” said Joseph vaught, one of the student artists of Canyon Worship 2021, scheduled for release in September. “There are a lot of songs on the radio made in studios smaller than our studio.
“If I had to go to any other studio in town, I would mop for two years. I would get a cable after three years. Four years, then I could hit the mics and do stuff. As a student I had to play around with hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment which is just mind blowing.
Now he’s a graduate and he’s going to help people across the university gain similar access as a full-time employee and coordinator of the new GCU recording lab, adjacent to the recording studio. It will be open to homework, movie projects, podcasts, individual songs, etc.
“Really, Anything”, Recording Studio Manager Eric Johnson said as he watched a handful of students put it together late last month.
The room will be divided into four soundproof pods of different sizes. They will be available for a low price, similar to the Esports Arena – “Less than the cost of a Chick fil-A meal,” Johnson said – and will include microphones with mounts and interfaces, guitar mounts and posts. audio work with state-of-the-art technology.
“The reason for this pay wall is to make it serious,” Johnson said. “There will certainly be a certain professionalism around this space, so we expect students to respect it.”
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Writing Center (building 16, room 201) is open to all students. Teaching assistants offer advice on writing mechanics, style and formatting. Appointments can be made through Career Connections and walk-in visits are welcome.
The ELL Center (building 16, room 203) offers assistance to students who speak English as a second language, providing them with additional academic support in grammar, sentence structure, organization, formatting, brainstorming, word choice, APA formatting , transitions and search.
Teaching assistants and professors at the Math Center (Building 16, Rooms 202 and 204) provide additional academic support for students of all math levels, from those struggling with college algebra to those in need of additional help in calculations or statistics.
“Students who attend these centers do better in their classes than those who do not. Most of those who come to the centers regularly are successful in their course, ”said Jake Thompson, who is joined by Esther Kuehl as coordinator of the writing center and the ELL center.
College of Doctoral Studies
While pursuing a doctorate, gaining practical experience and engaging with other professionals is a valuable resource.
Through multiple residencies, online learners are required to spend a week on campus taking classes and making a plan for their upcoming theses.
“It’s like a building, if the foundations are right, you can build the rest of the building on the right foundations,” said the co-director of the doctoral residency and chair of the doctoral program in education. Dr Wayne Schmidt. “The residences really focus on the foundation. Let’s start your research off on the right foot, lay a good foundation, and then as you go along you can build much more easily.
Each residency, which contains a one-week on-campus component, also has a two-week retreat immediately following that allows learners to really focus on what they have learned on campus.
It’s a unique approach that Schmidt says makes all the difference for GCU doctoral students.
“We think this idea of building relationships is essential,” he said. “There are lasting relationships that arise from residency. It almost serves a dual purpose; First, it gives them someone they can turn to for help when they need it, and second, it’s that point of accountability.
Equally important to relationship building is the concept of implementation, which occurs within two weeks of residency.
“The idea of learning in a vacuum is never good,” Schmidt said. “You have to be able to take the learning and apply it. Take what you learn here and put it into action, which gives you practice, which means you can start to see “Oh, this is how it all works.” “
As Honors College brings together students from all fields of study, setting up a Lopes Live Lab should benefit students from all fields. Thus, the Collaborating Center for Honors was created.
Like a professional conference room, students have access to whiteboards, projectors and presentation screens to create the collaborative atmosphere of the professional world. The space allows students to present ideas, reflect and work with their peers on a multitude of different projects and initiatives.
“Honors College has an intentionally designed strategy to embed experiential learning opportunities into the undergraduate experience, and it is essential for us to provide our students with opportunities to connect, engage with other majors and transform the theory learned into application, ”said the associate dean of Honors College. Dr Breanna Naegeli. “We wanted a space where or honor the students to come together and be creative. “
This unique workspace allows students to get used to the feel of collaborative workspaces outside of an academic setting while retaining the flexibility to use the space for academic purposes. It is a concept that distinguishes Honors College from GCU.
“It’s common to see other honors programs with dedicated library or study space and this certainly promotes academic excellence,” Naegeli said. “However, I think our Collaboration Center with Distinction additionally offers a unique, integrative workspace that reflects what the outside industry entails… it’s about being actionable and bringing those ideas to life. “
Rick Vacek, Mike Kilen, and Ashlee Larrison contributed to this report.
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