Learning Commons Definition of Terms

“A learning commons is a common, or shared, learning ‘space’ that is both physical and virtual. It is more a perspective than a “place.” A learning commons perspective supports a student-centred approach that emphasizes active and collaborative engagement and encourages the co-creation of knowledge by all learners.

A learning commons provides individual, small and large group space, either physical and/or virtual, for instruction, social/collaborative learning, and production and presentation. It also promotes global and cultural understanding as students collaborate with their local and broader community to investigate and create solutions to complex problems.

Finally, the virtual aspect of a learning commons (a VLC) promotes more efficient use of technology for creation and sharing of knowledge as well as enabling 24/7 access to resources and shared collaborative space for all students.

Research shows that students who have access to quality school library services, which a learning commons perspective enables, are more likely to exhibit advanced student achievement and literacy development.”

This quote was taken from LearnNowAB

OverDrive lets you borrow digital content (like eBooks and audiobooks) anytime, anywhere – all you need to get started is an internet connection and your Encom Username.

Our Search Portal is the place to access learning commons resources such as physical books and kits, eBooks, audiobooks, databases, interactive subscriptions, and much more.  Just enter your search query, and then filter your results to find just the right resource to meet your needs.

HCOS subscriptions allow your students to enjoy multi-subject databases which are interactive, research and standards-based in alignment with BC’s modernized curriculum.  They also fit into our mission statement for searching online safely and within age-appropriate boundaries.  Subscriptions can be used alongside your curriculum as a supplement, and often will meet many of the subject requirements.

For further information, choose “Subscriptions” from the menu bar above or go to Subscriptions.

Unit Study Kits provide a selection of resources and activities that have been carefully vetted and created by our unit study developer and teacher Rachael Rennie and the team of library staff.  Students can “pick and choose” activities that suit their learning style using our unique databases, subscriptions, and much more to meet the standards of BC’s modernized curriculum in science, social studies, and more.  They are available from the physical library (books are shipped to you), or you can access our fully digital kits.

Access Unit Study Kits via the mega menu above.

“DL” means “Distributed Learning.

Distributed learning is when a student learns mostly at a distance from their teacher – via the Internet or a blend of some classroom instruction. It’s an approach that offers flexibility and opportunity for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting or schedule.  In this style of learning, students can connect with their teacher from anywhere in the world on their own schedule and their own terms.

Teachers use a wide variety of electronic tools to teach their students including voice and video conferencing over the Internet, email, telephone calls and others. Enrolled DL teachers work with each student to:

  • Plan and deliver a course of study
  • Get course textbooks and resources
  • Assess student progress and complete a report card

Heritage Christian Online School provides its families with a generous curriculum budget. We’ve arranged with a number of suppliers and vendors to provide for the curriculum needs of families. Enrolled students receive a purchase order number, or PO Number, that is used for resource purchases.

More information can be found on the main HCOS website, here.

Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside the B.C. educational system. Typically, a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home.  We provide our registered families with an acceptable amount in reimbursements for learning resources. These funds will be released after November 1st, providing the family has submitted receipts to us. We also encourage our registered families to become a part of our online community.

Homeschooling programs are not:

  • Supervised by a B.C.-certified teacher
  • Required to meet provincial standards
  • Inspected by the Ministry of Education

Homeschooling comes with great responsibility – choosing this option means parents must provide and supervise their child’s entire educational program, including curriculum and learning materials.  Homeschoolers are not eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate, however, students in grades 10, 11, or 12 may enrol in a distributed learning course and also be registered as a homeschooler.

More information can be found on the BC Ministry of Education Website, here, and on the HCOS main website, here.