Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Canadian Learning Commons Conference April 29-May 1, 2007

Canadian Learning Commons Conference 2: Continuing the Conversation
April 29-May 1
Simon Fraser University Student Learning Commons and Library, in partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and University of British Columbia Library, are pleased to host the 2nd annual Canadian Learning Commons Conference.

Registration is now open. The conference program is still being finalized so please check back for more details as the program evolves.
Visit Canadian Learning Commons Conference and follow the links.

Introduction:

With heightened interest in student recruitment and retention at colleges and universities across the continent, the "learning commons" approach to enhancing academic support services continues to gain momentum. Learning commons can take a variety of forms and include many different partners, but the basic concepts and goals remain the same: to bring an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location, often the library, to facilitate seamless access to services for students. Learning commons also create opportunities for enhanced collaboration among academic services and other campus partners.

Don't miss this chance to join administrators, librarians, writing and learning specialists, student services and computing professionals, faculty members, and others as we explore themes and topics of interest to those engaged in developing and operating a learning commons. Topics will include:

o trends in university teaching and learning
o the challenges of creative collaboration
o the students' perspectives
o evaluating services
o designing effective space
o creating online environments
o and much more!


Elaine Fairey and Simon Neame
2007 Conference Co-Chairs

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