Creating and Transforming Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School Library, WRDSB
Earl Haig Secondary School Library Website, TDSB
Design components of 21st century learning spaces need to consider collaboration, comfort and community. Wherever possible, learning spaces should be colourful, inviting and playful. Learning is fluid and participatory... as a result, space should not place limits on learning. Instead, space should encourage collegiality and intellectual development.

In this age of ultra-connectivity, virtual spaces are possible. Learning can be happening 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students already use social tagging, social networking and individualized online spaces in their personal lives. In the Learning Commons, by using identical tools and with the help of educators, they can now create personal learning spaces.

The challenge is discovering how to reconfigure our current spaces both inside and beyond a school and a school library's walls to reflect this new reality. Access to the technology that makes it possible, obviously, is critical.

Together for Learning, p. 9 (OSLA 2010)

Physical Learning Environments
                       Virtual Learning Environments

  Use the Leading Learning standard, Designing Learning Environments to Support Participatory Learning to plan strategically for the transformation to a learning commons approach.