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Learning Commons Physical Design: Introduction

Learning Commons Design

Learning Commons spaces are purposely designed to support student learning outcomes and pedagogical practice responsive to the demands of ‘21st century education’.  In addition to traditional activities of book lending, research and fostering a love of reading, the Learning Commons supports the development of literacies and skills required in a rapidly changing information and technology environment. Student outcomes in these areas tend to include:

1) learning and innovation skills such as creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and communication and collaboration; and

2) critical information, digital and media literacy skills, including areas such as digital citizenship and ‘metaliteracy

Physical Design

To create a physical environment that supports learning within this context, it is recommended that school Learning Commons spaces:

  1. Be flexible & adaptable
    • To support multiple learning styles
    • To provide spaces for a variety of individual and group learning activities (articulate and prioritize important activities and student learning outcomes)
  2. An open and welcoming space that facilitates ease of movement within the space, concurrent usage and meets accessibility requirements
  3. Provide the infrastructure for the utilization of technology throughout the space
    • To support the use of technology for information access, collaboration and content creation
    • To support the use of mobile devices and BYOD

Library to Learning Commons - Saanich School District

Background concepts & resources

The IB library prototype should embrace the IB mantra of “learning how to learn”. It should provide students with the tools and resources needed to relate their experiences from within the classroom to the world beyond, and should supplement knowledge and exposure through media and literature from varying sources and origins. The library should reflect an ethos of truth-seeking and research-based learning. It should also be a community resource by providing spaces for gathering.”

All material on this page was drawn from the UCDSB document, "Designing Learning Commons Spaces @ UCDSB".