Concerns over Crowded Study Areas

A major educational problem on campus is the lack of study space available to students. Without having a place to study, it can be difficult to perform well in school. At edUMize, we recognize this and are working on ways to correct the issue.

Study spaces are mostly used during midterms and finals and have little to no use during the remainder of the year. Instead of creating new study areas, we propose to make the current spaces more efficient. Opening classrooms and lecture halls when they are not in use allows students to utilize this empty space to study. Another proposal is to have an online website that lists study locations on campus and the open spaces still available at each location.

Comments about more solutions to this problem or thoughts about this issue and the proposed solutions are greatly appreciated.

We strive to see the day where every student can easily find available locations to immerse themselves in their school work.

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7 responses to “Concerns over Crowded Study Areas

  • swartc

    I really like the idea of having a website you can access to see how full each study space is. I think it would make a lot of sense to have all of the buildings on campus locked by 9pm for both the safety of students and to keep non-students from tying up valuable study space. That way, a student would have to swipe their M-Card to gain entrance into each building and I’m sure this information can be aggregated into a count of how many people are in each building. (Or at least a count of how many M-cards were swiped-I’m sure multiple students could gain entrance by swiping just one card)

  • uofmwolverine

    I also really like the idea of having a website that would allow a student to see the availability of study space on campus but I feel it may be best implemented in a mobile app. This would be something that edUMize could quite easily create at U of M and then transition it across many other Universities who are experiencing the same problems. Essentially I agree with utilizing our current resources is best but believe that incorporating unused classrooms would be another additional resource for added study locations. These classrooms could be broken up into “subject specific” or even “course specific” distinctions in an effort to surround students with other students working on the same material.

  • blochhead123

    I really think the idea of having a website that shows students all the study areas on campus is a great idea. This website will be beneficial to students because by using it, students will be able to find out if they can study at a desired place before actually going there and finding out that it is already occupied. Also, I agree with “uofmwolverine” in that by categorizing the study areas for students, it would be easier for students to find others to study similar subjects with.

  • tinkerbelljacobs

    I agree that the website will be extremely beneficial. The website can contain different useful information such as: the percentage of how full each study area is, if any individual rooms are open, etc. Also, it is a good idea to have an application for iphones and ipads saying how full each study area is. If someone is on-the-go, he/she may not have his/her laptop but may have an iphone or ipad since they’re smaller. Another way to make the current study areas more efficient is to add a map and a list on the website (or application) mentioning every possible area and what it is best for (some places are more quiet for reading, other places are better if you have group work….)

  • sbernie

    I think you guys are on the right track in dealing with such an important issue on campus. The idea that involves a website in which you can see all of the study spaces available, and then sign up for a 3 hour block of time is very creative and efficient. This also saves costs. Obviously opening lecture halls and classrooms when they are not in use is a great idea too, although I am not sure what the current rules are for classroom use. I know in Angel Hall classrooms can be used to study in. If costs are not an issue though, building a totally new building that is in a convenient location that contains a lot of computers, single study areas, and quiet places would also be a good alternative, although the costs would be astronomically greater than simply using current space more efficiently. Once again, I like where you guys are going with this, and it seems like you are very proactive in striving for a solution. Keep it up.

  • swgoan

    Having a website that displays all of the study spaces and their availabilities would definitely be useful. I agree that it may not be necessary to create more study spaces on campus, but instead make more efficient use of the spaces that are available. The idea posted by swartc above about using M-Cards to check-in to study spaces seems like it would really allow students to have their own personal space to create whatever type of studying environment they want. I also like what the Ross School of Business has done. At Ross, you can reserve rooms online to study alone or with a group of students. I have used this feature several times and found that it has been a very efficient use of study space because only students who really want to reserve a room for studying will make the effort to do so.

  • swimmer1992

    I think that utilizing empty lecture halls would be great. They seat a lot of people, there are cords to plug in laptops and if they were made “silent study spaces” I think a lot of people would study there. I like the website idea, and it would be awesome to have a mobile version of this, too.

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