About Us

Message from the Director

Portrait of Travis Brown, Director of Learning and Technology Services

Welcome to The Learning Commons. We are the university’s centralized academic support department for BGSU students. We have a dedicated team of learning center professionals and student employees working to provide comprehensive services such as academic coaching, tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and other opportunities to enhance your learning. Our hope is that you will make The Learning Commons a consistent part of your experience at BGSU. Please contact me if you have any questions about using The Learning Commons.

Travis Brown

Director, Learning and Technology Services

Bowling Green State University

History

Opening in 2011, The Learning Commons is the premiere and central location on BGSU’s campus for students to receive academic support. Located on the first floor of the William T. Jerome Library, the collaborative learning environment provides all BGSU students free academic supports including academic coaching, academic workshops, course-based tutoring, mathematics and statistics tutoring, technology tutoring, writing consultations, and Supplemental Instruction. In 2016, programming expanded to include a fee-based and specialized support for students with specific learning differences and/or ADHD through the Falcon Learning Your Way (FLY) Program. In 2021, the FLY Program transitioned to offer the fee-based service to any BGSU student interested in receiving one-on-one support from Learning Specialists.

Each service or program provided by The Learning Commons strives to facilitate student learning. Academic coaching and academic workshops assist students to develop the skills necessary for university success. Course-based tutoring provides students help for challenging courses and students often form study groups for extra support. Students frequently visit the Math & Stats lab whenever The Learning Commons is open. Many students take advantage of the easy to schedule writing consultation appointments to receive one-on-one help from a writing consultant. Every semester, many students prefer to submit their paper to The Learning Commons online to receive feedback. Throughout classrooms all over campus, students attend SI sessions to get help with historically challenging courses. Many students take advantage of the FLY Program since it specializes in one-on-one support to guide students with learning challenges.

In addition to these services and programs, The Learning Commons is a campus destination for students seeking an environment conducive to studying, learning, and engagement with their peers. As a higher educational academic and learning center, credentials include College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification and The International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Accredited Program status. A team of full-time professionals and approximately 100 student employees work to help BGSU students experience academic success.

Vision Statement

The Learning Commons aspires to be a leading learning center supporting all students in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Mission Statement

The Learning Commons provides students with academic services and programs that foster independent learning. The professional staff and highly trained student employees offer individual and group supports to meet the academic needs of BGSU students.

Core Values

The Learning Commons aligns its departmental values to adhere with institutional values to operate a learning center fostering:

  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Accessibility
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence