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Learning Commons

Evolution and Collaborative Essentials

This book examines successfully planned and implemented learning commons at several different academic institutions around the world. These case studies provide a methodology for effective planning, implementation and assessment. Practical information is provided on how to collaborate with campus stakeholders, estimate budgeting and staffing and determine the equipment, hardware and software needs. Also provided are memoranda of understandings (MOUs), planning checklists and assessment tools. This book reflects a unifying focus on both the evolution of learning commons to learning spaces and the collaborative aspect of co-creating learning spaces.

Paperback, 468 Pages

Published: March 2008

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-312-7

Reviews

  • …highly recommended for all academic libraries., The Electronic Library
    Each article is well written, edited and represented with figures and tables., The Electronic Library

Contents

  • From Information Commons to Learning Commons and learning spaces: An evolutionary context; Circle of service: A collaborative Information Commons planning model; The Information Commons at the University of Calgary: Building on collaboration: A case study; Building for learning: Synergy of space, technology and collaboration; The Saltire Centre and the Learning Commons concept; Transforming library space for student learning: The Learning Commons at Ohio University’s Alden Library; Supporting the Learning Commons concept in ‘real life’; Putting learners at the centre: The Learning Commons journey at Victoria University; Improving student life, learning and support through collaboration, integration and innovation; The Information Commons at the University of Auckland; Improving student life, learning and support through co-location, collaboration, integration and innovation; Beyond Facebook: Thinking of the Learning Commons as a social network.

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