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Virtual Learning Commons

We are very excited to be implementing a district virtual learning commons to facilitate district-wide collaboration and resource sharing!

What is learning commons?

“A Learning Commons is a common, or shared, learning ‘space’ that is both physical and virtual. It is designed to move students beyond mere research, practice, and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration. A Learning Commons is more than a room or a website. A Learning Commons allows users to create their own environments to improve learning. A Learning Commons is about changing school culture, and about transforming the way learning and teaching occur” (Loertscher, Koechlin & Rosenfeld, 2012).

The virtual learning commons opens doors to new learning and experiences through connected networks that bridges constraint like place, space and time.

References:

Hayes. T (2014, Jan) Library to Learning Commons. A Recipe for Success. Education Canada Magazine. Retrieved from www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/library-learning-commons

Loertscher, D.V., Koechlin, C. & Rosenfeld, E. (2012). The virtual learning commons: Building a participatory school learning community. Salt Lake City, UT: Learning Commons Press.

Virtual Learning Commons. UBC Wiki url: http://etec.ctlt.ubc.ca/510wiki/Virtual_Learning_Commons