LOERTSCHER, D. V., & KOECHLIN, C. (2011). Personal Learning Environments in the Learning Commons. Teacher Librarian, 39(2), 23-26.
Students need to be in control of their learning experience. An effective learners will have the following charateristics:
- A desire to make sense of the world
- Empathy for others
- Value of self
- Neeed to take charge
- Sense of community
Teachers and librarians need to team up to ensure that every student has access to the best tools and resources to support their academic career and beyond. Some academic libraries are creating Learning Commons. The community college library that I work at provides collaborative learning and study spaces to students. We want to give students the opportunity to work together on group projects, conduct discussions, or view a presentation together. David Loertscher states, “The Learning Commons takes responsiblity for building and maintaining flexible physical and virtual environments conductive to the best learning for all types of clients and their needs” (Loertscher, 2011). We are seeing an encourage of student activity in the library.