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Putting learners at the centre: the Learning Commons journey at Victoria University

Keating, Shay and Kent, Philip G and McLennan, Belinda (2008) Putting learners at the centre: the Learning Commons journey at Victoria University. In: Learning Commons: evolution and collaborative essentials. Chandos Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 297-323. ISBN 978184334312 7

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Abstract

Victoria University (VU) implemented an Information Commons in each of its 11 campus libraries in 2005. Since then, VU has begun planning and development to redefine these spaces according to a 'Learning Commons' model. The initiative has been based on the collaboration of three areas of the university: Library, Teaching and Learning Support and Information Technology Services. Transforming the existing Information Commons to a Learning Commons, this facility will be linked to a student pedestrian and retail precinct and will be the most comprehensive expression of this concept. The evolution from an Information Commons to a Learning Commons model at VU has occurred within the context of larger scale strategic shift in the university's focus from a largely teacher-centred to a learner-centred university. This chapter explores the planning processes to develop a 'shared' understanding of how a Learning Commons with a learner-centred focus could support and engage students given that VU has multiple campuses and a highly diverse student population. While this is still a work in progress, some important lessons have been learnt.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning Commons, Information Commons, academic libraries, learner-centred focus, Victoria University
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Library
RFCD Classification > 400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
Depositing User: Mr Philip G Kent
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:39
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/825
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