Ideas for Making Learning Happen in the Commons

  The real mandate of the Learning Commons is to design, facilitate and support dynamic learning experiences that utilize the best available resources, technologies, strategies and learning environments.

Learners move beyond merely retrieving factual information to constructing personal meaning and building individual and collective knowledge. As learners read, research, experiment, discover, perform and create in the Learning Commons, they collaborate with others to test, confirm and enrich their learning.

Guiding learners along their information to knowledge journey, and providing needed instructional interventions, is the focus of all partners in both physical and virtual learning spaces.

Together for Learning, p. 14 (OSLA 2010) 

Collaborative learning is at the core of the Learning Commons philosophy. The program ideas presented in all areas of the Implementation section of this website promote collaborative learning for students.

Collaboration is also key to the context of teaching and learning networks that foster professional learning.

Explore the T4L vision for Learning to Learn: From Information to Knowledge Creation, including practical ideas for implementation, on pages 14-28 of the print document, or on the corresponding pages in this website: Learning to Learn

   Ideas for Collaborative Teaching and Learning

  As you explore the ideas in these pages, use the Leading Learning standard, Fostering Literacies to Empower Life-Long Learners (p. 17) to guide program growth.