Canadian Learning Commons Conference
In his 2009 book, “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” (MIT Press), Henry Jenkins talks about the skills students need to succeed: “The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking. These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical-analysis skills taught in the classroom.” (p. 29)
Learning Commons have established themselves as a place where students come to engage in collaborative learning by providing the spaces, technologies, information resources, and expert assistance to support that learning. We invite our colleagues to come together in Calgary to discuss recent developments in Learning Commons services.
As institutions of higher learning strive to meet the expectations of 21st century learners, how has Learning Commons evolved?
What is the role of the Learning Commons in enhancing student engagement, retention and success?
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Associate Vice Provost, Learning Services
Libraries and Cultural Resources
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone (403) 220-3611
email: dcwarren [at] ucalgary [dot] ca