Undergraduate students are in for a treat when they next visit the special new teaching and learning space that has been created for them in the Mahikeng Campus library.

The Library and Information Service (LIS) recently unveiled the brand-new undergraduate teaching and learning commons, which has everything from power points to charge mobile devices to study cubicles and on-hand librarians.


The commons includes the newly renovated 24-hour study area and is situated where the law collection used to be before relocating to the first floor.


Louise Vos, senior manager for outreach, projects and quality, says the LIS staff had the opportunity to help refine the architectural plans, ensuring that the facility is in line with undergraduate students’ teaching and learning needs.


All the areas have Wi-Fi and provide optimal access to users with disabilities. “This will probably be the most connected space on campus,” she adds.



What the new commons is all about


Tiyani Mabunda, the director for open scholarship, says the new teaching and learning commons consists of the following facilities:


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Prof Marilyn Setlalentoa, deputy vice-chancellor for community engagement and Mahikeng Campus operations, cuts the ribbon to unveil the undergraduate commons while the NWU mascot, Eagi, looks on.

 creates state-of-the-art space for undergraduates

Computer workstations


The 119 computer workstations are equipped with 2/3 power plugs where students can use and charge their mobile devices.


The spacious workstations have frosted glass panels that provide visual privacy, contributing to focus and concentration by blocking distractions and allowing for temporary “ownership” of the space. “Many students have the feeling of staying connected while working alone in an open setting,” says Tiyani.


All computers will be equipped with the necessary software programs to support students in their teaching-learning endeavours. Thought has also gone into the furnishings, with ergonomic computer chairs providing postural support.


“The computers will be linked to printers located in the commons, where technical support will be provided,” he adds.