Designing Learning Environments to Support Participatory Learning

 

Learning Environments

Active and knowledgeable involvement in participatory learning is a necessary competence for today’s learners. Learning commons spaces, collections and tools are changing in response to this paradigm shift. Working together in groups, both virtually and in person is the new norm. Inherent in these activities is the importance of security, privacy and good digital citizenship practices as well as effective collaboration skills and ensuring accessibility for all. A learning commons can provide both the physical and virtual learning environments as well as provide the supports necessary for the student to be an active participatory learner. The Learning Commons Leadership Team reviews and revises LLC learning environments to meet these evolving needs.

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Designing for a Collaborative Physical LLCPhysical Library Learning Commons (LLC) spaces are reviewed and redesigned to support individual, small group and whole class work.
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Physical LLC spaces are flexible to facilitate spontaneous groupings.
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Physical LLC spaces are designed to engage learners in participatory learning.
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Physical LLC spaces invite networking and participatory learning opportunities within and beyond the school.
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Designing for a Collaborative Virtual LLCVirtual LLC supports the information needs of students and teachers.
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Virtual LLC supports individual and group participation.
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Virtual LLC is designed to engage learners in participatory learning.
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Virtual LLC empowers learners to co-create and share ideas and knowledge with a broader learning community.
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Designing for Accessibility in the LLCLLC physical and virtual spaces are designed to address accessibility in accordance with district and regional policies.
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LLC physical and virtual spaces and technologies support multiple abilities, with particular benefit for special needs learners.
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LLC physical and virtual spaces encourage participation of special needs students in working with information and enjoying reading activities.
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LLC physical and virtual learning spaces assist and accommodations are experimented with to discover best approaches to making learning accessible to all.
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Designing for Responsive Print and Digital CollectionsPrint and digital collections are inclusive and support Canadian identity as well as the information needs of all learners in the school community.
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Print and digital collections are built by teacher-librarians in consultation with teachers to facilitate curriculum content and independent reading.
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Print and digital collections are built by teacher-librarians in consultation with teachers and students to ignite knowledge building and a love of reading.
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Print and digital collections are augmented by collaborative consultation with the school community to empower personalized learning.
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Designing for Creativity and InnovationLearning experiences are explored and developed for hands-on learning.
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Learning experiences are developed to facilitate presentation productivity.
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Learning experiences are developed to engage learners in creative expression and communication.
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Learning experiences are developed to invite creativity and innovation.
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Designing for a Participatory School CultureLLC celebrates learning accomplishments.
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LLC facilitates participatory school organizations and clubs.
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LLC engages learners to participate in events to build school culture.
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LLC invites the school community to participate in building school culture.
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