Education Learning Commons (ELC)

The Education Learning Commons (Ed North 3-104) provides an ideal learning environment for students, faculty, instructors and staff in the Faculty of Education to develop their critical digital literacies in the areas of teaching, learning, research and administration. We believe in discovery learning and, thanks to the variety of technology tools and services available, the ELC provides an excellent environment for this to happen.

The ELC is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is always someone on hand to provide technical assistance.

Staffing

  • Technologies in Education Student Mentors, technically savvy graduate and undergraduate Education students, provide just-in-time tutoring on educational software and help with technical issues that come up while you work on your project. Technologies in Education Mentors may also work with instructors and their students to develop and deliver customized resources and support for course assignments or technology–related activities.
  • A Technologies in Education staff person is ready to assist you with our services and to provide troubleshooting for problems with any of the technology in the ELC.

Equipment 

Individual workstations with desktop computers running both MAC OS and Windows and loaded with software such as:

  • 123D Design
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Audacity
  • Comic Life
  • Gapminder World
  • Google Earth
  • iBooks Author
  • iWork 2015 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
  • iLife 11 (iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band)
  • MakerBot Desktop App
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • MinecraftEdu Launcher
  • Skype
  • SMART Notebook 16.0.1194
  • VideoScribe

Specialized work stations for:

  • Multimedia: quiet work areas, computers, microphones, and specialized software for creating multimedia learning objects and interactive content (Camtasia Studio 8, Articulate Studio 9) and video (Final Cut Pro X). 
  • Research projects: Two work stations have qualitative data analysis software installed, one with Atlas ti 6.2  (Windows) and one with  NVivo 10 (Windows). Users of these programs will be given priority use of the workstations, which can also be reserved at the main desk or by contacting techined@ualberta.ca
  • A large, open work area with movable tables and comfortable chairs
  • Collaborative work spaces equipped with large LCD displays that can be connected to multiple laptops
  • Break-out rooms for small groups
  • Interactive white boards (SMART boards) 
  • Short term loan of specialized equipment such as iClickers, iPads, and laptops  

Breakout Rooms

Need a quiet place to study? Looking for a space to meet with your group? The Education Learning Commons has what you need! We have breakout rooms you can book online:

  • Room #1:
    Up to 15 people
    Smartboard
    Computer (Mac and PC)
  • Room #2:
    Up to six people
    Smartboard
    Computer (Mac and PC)
  • Room #3:
    Up to six people
    Smartboard
    Computer (Mac and PC)
  • Room #4:
    Meeting room for up to six people

Book one of our breakout rooms.

Assignment Support

Instructors can ensure that the staff of the ELC are prepared to provide their students with the help they need by participating in the Customized Assignment Support Program (CASP). To participate in this program, instructors provide Technologies in Education with their assignments ahead of time and work with a staff member to determine the training and support needs of the students. Together, a plan of support is developed that custom fits the assignments and students. Instructors can then be assured that their students will have the technical support and guidance they need to complete their assignments.