JISC has shared a story about a sticky campus (link). This set me off thinking about the resources we use to develop our practice.

The post notes:

A sticky campus is a digitally-enabled space where students want to spend time, even when they don’t have a formal teaching session to go to. It’s a learning environment designed to give students everything they need for collaborative and solitary study, and to promote active learning. It supports inclusivity and enables rich learning experiences.

There is an emphasis here on active learning. My hope has always been that we promote inclusivity through the sharing of open educational resources.

Two student partners talk in the JISC post about their experiences of a sticky campus. This includes a rethinking of the spaces within which we learn.

Back in 2005, Stephen Acker and Michael Miller (link) noted:

These informal spaces are the pathways, gathering spots, and points of dispersal among our formal learning spaces. Their job is to make the campus “sticky,” to support chance encounters of value and social exchange.

I sense that the growth in social media has enabled more of these chance encounters in our ongoing learning. They have opened up opportunities for a commons of learning.

Photo Credit

Vintage Sheep Hiking (Lenny K Photography, CC BY 2.0)


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