After your tour of the gallery, what would you like to do as an individual or with your group?
Here are a few possibilities, but you are in command. You might consider doing one of the following three possibilities or invent your own project or action and discuss it with the mentors of this QuickMOOC.
1. Do nothing. You might do nothing, considering that the tour of the gallery was sufficient to answer your own questions. In this case, we would encourage you to go to the Big Think room before you leave. Remember, you can stay in this QuickMOOC as long as you like. Other resources will be added by the mentors and by those participating over time.
2. Get a Certificate of participation. If you get professional development hours credit in your job, you might apply to the mentors of this QuickMOOC for a certificate. To get a certificate, write a one-two page reflection about your journey through the QuickMOOC and describe what you have done about that experience. This could include contributions you made in the discussions, contribution of articles or other resources, plans you have made for your own learning commons, a project you have designed, what your group has done together and the number of hours you have spent in doing this. The mentor will return a certificate of completion to you. Please include a summary of your visit to the Big Think room.
3. Get a Badge. If you would like an official badge for your resume or some other requirement, the requirements and the process for doing so is outlined here.
Projects you might do
- Re-think turning an elementary school library into a learning commons. Here we have provided a slide show of a recently constructed elementary school library based on the traditional idea of a place for classes of children coming to the library once a week to check out two books and receive a short library lesson. In this example, the professional librarian has been replaced by a clerk. If this were the library in your school what would you do? Watch the slide show and think about a plan or work with your group about a transformation. Physical Learning Commons Elementary
- Brainstorm a new layout with a group. If you can get a group of professionals together who have been introduced to the concept of the learning commons, we have found it very successful to send groups of two or three around the current library to make a list of ideas. Then as a whole group or groups of five or six, summarize the suggestions that everyone has made. Have them arrange their lists into things that can be done with very little money, some money, and remodelling. Use all the ideas as the basis of a plan with students, teachers, and administrators at your school.
- Visit a school that has a learning commons. As this QuickMOOC is used more and more, perhaps in the Community room, folks will have volunteered their expertise and advice on places to visit. Put out a request on various state or provincial networks to discover places to visit. The mentors of this QuickMOOC might have ideas for you. And, check out the authors of the various articles in this QuickMOOC and contact those authors for ideas. During your visit, interview lots of students, teachers, administrators as well as just looking at the physical space alone. Have your group combine their notes into the best ideas.
- Attend large conferences where technology and furniture vendors are displaying their products. We have found that national professional conferences such as ALA, ISTE, and ASCD are great places to look at a wide variety of tech devices, furniture, wireless systems and even architectural firms wanting to demonstrate their ideas.
- Search the social network sites and blogs for like-minded folks reinventing their spaces. There are a growing number of individuals who are reinventing what they are doing, both in the library and technology communities. Link into these folks as well as stay in this QuickMOOC community for continuing ideas.
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