What is a learning commons?
“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
The mission of HCS Learning Commons is to provide Discipleship, Innovation and Literacy to all our patrons and staff. As we purchase our collection of digital and non- digital resources, we try to discern what meets the needs of all our schools from a Christian perspective. Our goal is to provide easy information retrieval, and quality resources for all your educational needs. If at any time you would like to request something please feel free to contact Pippa email@example.com, Natalie firstname.lastname@example.org or Shandra email@example.com for your curriculum or media needs. It is our honour to serve you!
Teacher Librarian: Pippa Davies
Pippa manages online reference retrieval, indexing websites and management of library website, current awareness, library education and promotion, learning commons leadership, and professional collaboration with colleagues. She does this via the library website, her blog, the Ning, webinars on Blackboard Collaborate, Scoopit and Twitter feeds. She is available to both libraries for information retrieval and teaching collaborative units, webinars on Blackboard, editing the learning commons newsletter and collaboration on the Ning. You may also contact her for queries relating to our ebook library on Overdrive.
Find Pippa online firstname.lastname@example.org, or @PippaDavies on Twitter between the hours 9-5 Monday- Friday.
To sign up for a collaborative teaching unit with teacher librarian Pippa Davies, email her at email@example.com She is available Monday through Friday 9-5pm.
Curriculum Consultant: Natalie Sing
Natalie consults with home school parents and online teachers in regards to a wide variety of curriculum resources. She is also involved in website development, Scoopit curation, blogging, monthly newsletters and learning commons themes, as well as webinars on subscriptions, wikis and administration on the Ning.
To contact Natalie Sing for curriculum information please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org She is available Monday – Thursday 9-4 pm.
Kit writer: Rachael Freed
“Hello! My name is Rachael Freed and I am a new addition to the team at HCOS. I am a recent graduate from Vancouver Island University where I completed my Bachelor of Education degree. I am thrilled to be working for the Learning Commons creating unit study kits for families to use at home. That means that I spend my day reading great books, looking through terrific resources, and finding fun/cool/exciting/amazing learning activities for families to do together! I have the best job! May the Lord bless and keep you this year, and always.”
Rachael works two and a half days a week writing kits and researching curriculum. email@example.com
The physical learning commons has a physical library and 24 hour access via the online L4U catalogue. The campus library is available Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. However, there are classes using the library at various times. Feel free to drop in, or call ahead to make an appointment if you need time to go over your account and find resources.
The library is available between 3pm -5pm Monday – Thursday for families or group use. To book your class/group please email either Shandra Wiebe (online), firstname.lastname@example.org or Justine Dehod (campus) email@example.com
Library Resource Tech Administrator: Shandra Wiebe
Shandra manages the L4U Library system, online family accounts, library education, cataloguing and reference queries, and more!! She is involved in creating webinars, LibAnswers, bi-weekly newsletters, and monthly themes. If you have a question about how to access your online library account or need information about resources available, please contact Shandra at firstname.lastname@example.org
She is available Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 250-862-2377 ext. 311.
Campus Library Assistant: Justine Dehod
Justine manages Campus accounts, class schedules, circulation records, including overdue lists and lost or damaged items, coordinates information retrieval for students and staff, library education, monthly newsletters and themes. For information on campus accounts, please contact Justine at email@example.com
She is available Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Or call her at 250 862 2377 ext. 312
Shipping Specialist: Kelly Wiebe
Kelly is responsible for Canpar queries, and for shipping and receiving materials to and from our Online families all over BC.
Kelly is available Monday – Thursday, 10:00 – 4:30p.m. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-862-2377 ext. 312
Administrators: Paul Kelly and Steve Cox
Paul email@example.com is in charge of the high school component of the learning commons, and is also an administrator on our Heritage Christian Schools Ning, while administrator Steve Cox firstname.lastname@example.org is in charge of the elementary component of the learning commons.
Student Specialist: Sherri Funk
Sherri Funk email@example.com loves engaging youngsters at story time. She is available daily during reading times for the primary grades.
The subscriptions library is managed by Pippa Davies. Heritage Christian Schools presently holds thirty-one online school licences to a wide variety of online subscriptions, covering an array of subjects.To access these, please ask your support teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest username/password document. These resources range from online educational curriculum, to database resources, safe educational search engines and coding/programming learning. Webinars are held throughout the year. Please make sure to check our Library interface calendar for upcoming events.
Subscriptions Specialist : Beth Johnson
Beth is our subscriptions admin assistant in the learning commons. She is responsible for communicating with parents and staff re adding new accounts, and helping maintain the information on our website. If you have questions about how your subscriptions work, or need some help, please email email@example.com.
Beth works Mon-Wed and Friday 8.30-4.30 pm
High School learning commons Ning and Forum Moderator: Erin Duncan
Erin firstname.lastname@example.org is our Forums and Ning Moderator, and also a library assistant. She oversees the day-to-day student communications on Ning, advises students of upcoming events and enjoys archiving material in our web linking library.
Erin works Mon-Friday varying hours.
LEARNING COMMONS TEAM
Our learning commons team is made up of Pippa Davies, Natalie Sing, Rachael Freed, Shandra Wiebe, Sherri Funk, Justine Dehod, Beth Johnson, Kelly Wiebe, Erin Duncan, Paul Kelly and Steve Cox. All decisions made in the learning commons are made as a team. Should you have any concerns with learning commons matters please email email@example.com and she will direct these concerns to her team.