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. While we are not offering a badge through this website, your organization or another organization might recognize your work here as a part of their badge system. Please investigate those possibilities if interested.
Projects you might do:
1. After getting a grasp from the gallery about the ideas associated with learning commons and maker spaces, make a project of visiting a number of learning commons in your area or travel to some you have discovered on line. Look for makerspaces in your own community and visit them. Attend a major Maker Faire and see makers and inventors exhibit what they have created. You will be a changed person! A mix of theory and real visits will prepare you to make plans for your own learning commons.
2. Make a project out of a thorough search of the literature in the area of learning commons in a type of library. We decided as creators of this QuickMOOC, that we could only give you a sampling of the literature; hope that you would contribute both comments and sources of your own, and help to keep this site up to date. We enjoyed the group experience of searching, screening, and choosing the best. We recommend a group effort by a team of persons at your site as you all search, investigate, and find things that will guide your own planning.
3. Connect with those who created learning commons and maker spaces that you admire. They are often more than happy to show you how they progressed through their journey and give you tips for what to do and what mistakes to avoid.
4. If renovation of facilities is in your future, the selection of architects is a critical piece. Search for those who have had experience developing learning commons. Take a look at their work and interview librarians and managers at the institution they did the work for. Finding a firm who really listens is extremely worth taking time to investigate.