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On May 7-9, 2012 the University of Calgary hosted the 6th Canadian Learning Commons Conference. The theme of the conference was New Media, New Fluencies and Life Skills Development: Preparing Learners for the 21st Century.

In his 2009 book, “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” (MIT Press), Henry Jenkins talks about the skills students need to succeed: “The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking. These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical-analysis skills taught in the classroom.” (p. 29)

Learning Commons have established themselves as a place where students come to engage in collaborative learning by providing the spaces, technologies, information resources, and expert assistance to support that learning. We invite our colleagues to come together in Calgary to discuss recent developments in Learning Commons services.

As institutions of higher learning strive to meet the expectations of 21st century learners, how has Learning Commons evolved?

What is the role of the Learning Commons in enhancing student engagement, retention and success?

■What are new developments in the physical, social and technical environment of the Commons?
■What services are being offered in Learning Commons to cultivate the development of collaboration, networking and other life skills?
■What new programs are we offering to ensure the development of fluencies for the creation of knowledge using new media?
■How are we integrating data resources into Learning Commons Services?
■How are we expanding upon the traditional collaborations between learning support units, libraries and IT to include teaching support units, instructors and students in the development and delivery of Learning Commons services?
■What recent innovations in the use of technologies to support learning have we incorporated into the Learning Commons?
■What have we done to create a culture of respect for diverse learning styles within the Learning Commons?

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 19 of 19
Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)/Advisor(s)
9-May-2012Change is Good: Creating and Maintaining an Adaptable Learning CommonsPlastow, Kristine
9-May-2012Student Involvement for Student Success: Student Staff in the Learning CommonsSoini, Nathalie; Mitchell, Julie
9-May-2012Envisioning “Black Box” and "White Box” Theater Spaces in a Learning CommonsAntelman, Kristen; York, Maurice
8-May-2012Proactively Supporting Active Learning for the 21st century learner: Collaborative and Team Based Student Spaces in the Learning CommonsWill, Carol; Hutton, Sarah; Davis, Robert
8-May-2012Coaches Corner: Strategies for a Successful Peer Academic Coaching ProgramGrant, Teri; Mitchell, Julie
8-May-2012Fast Track Learning CommonsDexter, Paul; Grubb, Bill; Moore, Ed
8-May-2012Peer Coaches: The Next Step in Skill Development for Peer TutorsFunaro, Marissa; McGee-Thompson, Donna; Silverman, Ruth
9-May-2012Interprofessional Collaboration in an EFL EnvironmentThomas, Chris
8-May-2012Re-learning the Commons, From Conceptual Overview to Case StudyTierney, Barbara; Beagle, Donald
8-May-2012School Library Services Initiative Update: Transforming to a Learning CommonsSykes, Judith
9-May-2012Student Engagement One Brick at a Time: Want Them to come? Let Them build it!Stang, Sarah; Wang, Cherry
8-May-2012Designing an Academic Library Learning Commons: Students Have Their SayReynolds, Sue
9-May-2012Rethinking a Course: the Student as Teacher in Digital StorytellingNorman, D'Arcy
9-May-2012Integration at the Learning Commons: How to Drive Innovation and Enhance the Student ExperienceMonegro, Alex
8-May-2012Common Ground, Divergent Ecosystems: Mediating New Learning in the 21st CenturyMackey, Margaret
8-May-2012Negotiating Meaning, Negotiating Place: Peer Mentoring and Student Participation in the Learning CommonsKirkwood, Keith
8-May-2012Reshaping Research Services: Introducing Learners to the 21st century Information SkillsDeeken, Lynn; Solberg, Judy
8-May-2012Taking the Commons to the Students – the BC WriteAway InitiativeBenn, Lynn; Fairey, Elaine
8-May-2012From Separation to Integration: Creating a New Service Model for the Taylor Family Digital LibraryBeatty, Susan; Tiessen, Robert
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 19 of 19