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Independent Study Space for Students [Commons]

Learning Commons/AV Commons

Osaka University set up the first Learning Commons in Japan in the Main Library on the Toyonaka Campus and in the Science and Engineering Library on the Suita Campus in the spring of 2009. In the spring of 2012, the Learning Commons was set up in the International Studies Library on the Minoh Campus as well.

Learning Commons are library spaces where active discussion is possible. The commons are furnished with tables and chairs so students can enjoy discussions in groups. Whiteboards are also available for use. Moreover, in addition to students' own laptops, students also have access to computers and printers installed in the commons.

The Learning Commons are situated in libraries where a variety of information has been collected so students can use the abundant reference materials when working together. Of course, these libraries house more than books and magazines. They are also home to electronic materials such as e-journals.

The Main Library has one of the in-house networked 105-inch video screens known as O+PUS. In order to support student-led activities, teaching assistants and professional library staff are stationed at each commons and are available for consultation.

In these ways, Learning Commons are places where students can discuss, seek knowledge, and work together. Learning Commons realize and support an educational flow shifting from one-way instruction from teachers to active learning by students.

In the International Studies Library, there is the AV Library for viewing video materials owned by the International Studies Library in small groups and the AV Commons for group study in larger groups.

For more information, visit the links below:

Learning Commons

International Studies Library Learning Commons ("LUX") | AV Library/AV Commons

Science and Engineering Library (Facilities Overview)

Life Science Library (Facilities Overview)

Global Commons

In autumn 2012, the Global Commons was set up in the Main Library on the Toyonaka Campus in order to strengthen and develop the functions of the Learning Commons. The Global Commons is a space for facilitating the acquisition of language and culture. The Global Commons helps students to acquire transcultural communicability, one of the university's educational objectives, and realize multiple ways of learning.

Foreign language classes are sometimes held in the Global Commons, where international students serve as teaching assistants. The Global Commons can also be used as spaces for events initiated by students such as presentations and discussions in English.

The Global Commons adds to the educational environment at the university by focusing on transcultural communicability and student-led learning opportunities for learning both on- and off- campus. At the same time, the Global Commons promotes learning in other languages and of other cultures in order to provide support to international and Japanese student exchange.

For more information, visit the link below:

Global Commons, Main Library

Student Commons/Science Commons

The Student Commons has areas for active learning such as presentations and extracurricular activities, as well as spaces for facilitating exchange among students (both Japanese and international), faculty, and staff members.

The Student Commons has an open space for the café Cartier. A wireless LAN is available throughout and the Information Technology Support Center is located on the 2nd floor. Unlike the Learning Commons in the libraries, students may eat in the Student Commons. O+PUS is also installed in the Learning Commons, providing a variety of visual information on the university.

On the first floor of the Student Commons is an open-style Seminar Room. By removing partitions and using the outer garden, the Seminar Room can be used for open-style classes or other events requiring a large screen and projector. The entire wall of the Matching-style Seminar Room on the 2nd floor is a whiteboard. The Student Commons is also furnished with tables and chairs so students can enjoy discussions in groups. An additional seminar room can be utilized by moving partitions into place.

In the Science Commons, students can experience science through viewing films about science, presenting results of their scientific research, and trying out experimental equipment. The Commons also serve as a space for free learning and discussion when there are no events scheduled.

For more information, visit the link below:

Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Overview)

Cybermedia Commons

The Cybermedia Commons was opened in May 2015 on the first-floor Main Hall at the Cybermedia Center on Osaka University's Suita Campus. The Cybermedia Commons is an active learning space for students, and makes use of a wide variety of the Cybermedia Center’s information technology to support students’ active learning and research activities.

At the Cybermedia Commons, visitors have access to Mishité, a world-class, state-of-the-art large-scale 3D visualization system, and i→Re, where visitors can make use of a variety of devices from visualization systems to 3D printers.

For more information, visit the link below:

Cybermedia Center (Cybermedia Commons)

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