Friendly, Flexible, and Fun: Non-Traditional Ideas for Learning and Engagement

Friendly, Flexible, and Fun: Non-Traditional Ideas for Learning and Engagement

Joy Oehlers (Kapiʻolani Community College, USA), Annie Keola Kaukahi Thomas (Kapiʻolani Community College, USA) and Joyce Tokuda (Kapiʻolani Community College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3914-8.ch038
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This chapter outlines practical examples of library programs developed as a result of Kapi?olani Community College Library's collaborative efforts with campus organizations, clubs, faculty, and students to build community. The library worked with faculty and students to create stronger outcomes for all parties, including student engagement and specific student learning outcomes. The Kapi?olani Community College librarians share their process for implementing interactive programs, detail successes, assessment methods, and areas for improvement. This chapter also provides practical tips on applying for grants, connecting with faculty, marketing, and looking for ideas in your own community. The aim of these library activities is to promote the Library as a desirable collaborative “third place” where students engage in useful and user-friendly learning activities.
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Kapiʻolani Community College is one of ten campuses comprising the University of Hawaiʻi system, the public system of higher education in Hawaiʻi. It is located near Waikīkī Beach and Diamond Head Crater. Kapiʻolani Community College is a Liberal Arts commuter college known for its technical, occupational, and professional programs. Its culinary, health sciences, nursing, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs have won national recognition. In 2013, there were approximately 5,000 part-time students and 3,000 full-time students enrolled in 45 day, evening, online, composite, and accelerated programs working towards 21 Associate degrees (Kapiʻolani Community College, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, 2013; Kapiʻolani Community College, 2014).

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