The Classroom as a common


Is the classroom a common?  How best students can utilize it equitably?


3 Responses to “The Classroom as a common”

  1. sdiederichs Says:

    Yes, I see the classroom as a commons. I believe that it is a perfect example of a commons as described by Ostrom’s rules and property rights which enhance our communal property system, namely our classroom. We can collectively take some decisions about governance and management (for example, we did so when we decided not to have the last Friday seminar before the holidays), but we also know that we can count on the larger infrastructure of UEL if needed. We all share a common understanding of the rules (we even have to answer a questionnaire about this in order to go on studying…), in a stable and trustworthy environment, and we have very good information about the resources at our disposition (our great course handbooks).

  2. magchez Says:

    Thanks for your views about class room as a common and your examplesof Ostron’s rules and property rights which enhances our communal property system. That notwithstanding, reference to your suggestions of governace and management for example, Rhodes,(1997,pp,52-3) declares that governance has too many meanings to be useful, but the concept can be rescued by stipulating one meanaing and showing how it contributes to the analysis of change. For example, learning to acquire knowledge, centres on self-organizing, inter-organizational networks, consisting of not-state as well as state actors and rest on relations of exchange and trust, rather than on formal institutional roles and boundaries. In conclusion, for example, Blunt,(1995), suggests the need for learning process, leading to recognition of varied set of cultural perspectives on what might constitute an acceptable model of good governance

  3. u0953238 Says:

    I also see the classroom as a common. A fundamental element of the commons is that they are catalyst for change. Information and learning commons have been increasingly prominent in academic libraries as well. Commons manifests out of the library as a place like the classroom. There are three levels of commons, information commons, learning commons and the emerging virtual commons. These can reinvigorate the classroom and the library by giving them an important role in reaching the students’ and institutional roles.

    In response to the array of changes taking place in the academia world, classrooms and libraries are creating information or learning commons. Beagle (2006) recognizes three levels of commons as the physical, virtual and cultural. The physical commons can be the designated space, buildings, desks and also can include technology, resources , tools and services for students to use and the staff to support students and also use.

    The virtual commons is the online environment interlinked to the electronic resources and services. They are seen on a broader level than the the physical commons which serves as access to available resources. The broadest level of the commons is cultural. Beagle (2006) states that the entire social and cultural arena of free speech, shared knowledge , and creative expression in the digital age. The cultural commons is currently referred to as the Creative commons.

    Classrooms exist to support the learning and research of students in the educational institution and are increasingly becoming more collaborative and creative. the implementation of the commons in the classroom is a clear way for classrooms to remain relevant focusing on student learning.Commons will continue to grow and evolve around integrating transformations, in classrooms, libraries, in student habits and needs in education.

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