What is a "Learning Commons" Anyway?
According to the Canadian Learning Commons Network:
A “learning commons” most broadly defined is a central facility, usually an academic library, that provides the space, technology and services to support learning. These learning spaces can include areas for group work, individual study spaces, instructional rooms, computer pools, multi-media labs and soft seating areas.Services may include learning, writing, library research, numeracy, and academic advising support for students; instructional development assistance for faculty, and technology and media support services for both students and instructors (http://canadianlearningcommonsnetwork.wordpress.com/).
Here at Queen's, the Learning Commons is located on the ground floor of Joseph S. Stauffer Library, the flagship Arts and Science Library on campus. Along with our partners, the Adaptive Technology Center, Student Academic Success Services, Queen's Libraries, and ITServices, the Learning Commons strives to offer students many of the above listed services. For more information on the Queen's Learning Commons, please feel free visit our History of the QLC page.
For more information on other Learning Commons in Canada, more resources on Learning Commons or information on the Canadian Learning Commons Annual Conference, please visit the Canadian Learning Commons Network website.