University of Saskatchewan

The Learning Commons

June 11-13, 2009 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Open Access Learning

The next (5th) Annual Canadian Learning Commons Conference will take place June 16-18, 2010 at Queen's University!
The 4th Canadian Learning Commons Conference Invitation: Following on successful conferences in Guelph, Vancouver and Fredericton, the 4th Canadian Learning Commons Conference welcomes participants who are involved in planning, creating, developing, and operating a Learning Commons. As a place for learning, collaboration, research, technology, and academic help, the Learning Commons is central to enhancing the learning experience. The theme of this year's conference is "Open Access Learning", a timely and important topic for anyone whose focus is on library, learner support, faculty development, technology, or disability services. And please note, Saskatoon is fabulous in the month of June!

At the heart of the Learning Commons are physical and online collaborative partnerships between academic learning supports and services such as libraries and student learning centres with information technology (IT), disability, language and other student services. This integration of services, combined with the open, accessible and shared learning spaces, nurtures vibrant, student-initiated learning communities, student success, and a spirit of inquiry. To explore how we create learning and teaching opportunities in both physical and virtual spaces within the Learning Commons, and to build on the success of prior CLCC conferences, CLCC2009 will explore the theme of Open Access Learning. One of the main concepts of this theme is the importance of anyone freely being able to access digitally connected learning resources.

Keynote: We are very excited to present this year's Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Baraniuk, an educator, scholar, and advocate for open education and open educational resources.
Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and the founder of Connexions ( His honors include national research awards from the NSF and ONR, the Rosenbaum Fellowship from the Isaac Newton Institute of Cambridge University, the ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois, several best paper awards, the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching Award, the SPIE Wavelet Pioneer Award, an MIT Technology Review TR10 Top 10 Emerging Technology award, and an Internet Pioneer Award from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Dr. Baraniuk is a Fellow of the IEEE and was selected as one of Edutopia Magazine’s Daring Dozen Education Innovators in 2007. Connexions received the Tech Museum Laureate Award from the Tech Museum of Innovation in 2006.

Dr. Richard Baraniuk is the founder of Connexions, an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web" (source). You can learn more about Dr. Baraniuk by viewing his TED talk on open-source learning.

Bonus Lecture
Dr. David Wiley, Brigham Young University, will be giving the
University Library Dean's Annual Research Lecture
at the U of S on Thursday, June 11th, 10:30am - noon.

Title of Presentation: The Disaggregated Future of Higher Education or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet

For further information, please refer to the Invitation and Announcement (pdf)

Hosted by the University of Saskatchewan through the collaborative partnership of the
University Learning Centre, University Library, Information Technology Services and Disability Services for Students