From Library to Learning Commons
Over the summer Del Valle High School underwent a major renovation to transform its library into a Learning Commons, an innovative concept which is becoming popular in schools and universities to refer to a welcoming multi-use student-centered space providing access to 21st century technology and resources. The environment is designed to accommodate a variety of interactive learning experiences that allow students to be self-directed, manage their own progress, develop strategies, and make meaningful connections to what they learn. In his book, Building the Learning Commons, Dr. David Loertscher states that, "The Learning Commons is a real world whole school approach to creating... a new collaborative learning model for students and teachers."
What is a 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." (Loertscher, Koechlin, and Rosendfeld, The Virtual Commons, 2012)