Shared and Connected Learning Environments
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. A Learning Commons is more than a room or a website. A Learning Commons allows users to create their own environments to improve learning. A Learning Commons is about changing school culture, and about transforming the way learning and teaching occur.
~The Virtual Learning Commons: Building a Participatory School Learning Community 2012
"A Learning Commons is a flexible and responsive approach to helping schools focus on learning collaboratively......Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn." ~Together for Learning (OSLA)