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

Keating, Shay, 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.


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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/825
ISBN 978184334312 7
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Current > Division/Research > Library
Historical > RFCD Classification > 400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
Keywords Learning Commons, Information Commons, academic libraries, learner-centred focus, Victoria University
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