Commons of Our Own

A college degree is more than the sum of its courses. The learning that takes place in the classroom has always been only a part of a good college education. Without opportunities to share, create, and connect, lectures, testing, and courses become shallow learning, boxes for students to check. The most impactful learning experiences connect the classroom to experiences and authentic assignments rooted in the real world.  Historically, this is why campus life and indeed the physical campus itself has always been so important. The campus, and life on the campus, has provided the liminal space and the linkage between classroom and real world. The campus is truly a place of ambient learning. With the growth of the digital world and online learning, the campus as learning space is sorely missed. The LMS only creates a classroom experience, not the ambient learning of the campus. By building off a domains of one's own program, Lansing Community College is addressing this gap by creating OpenLCC, a scholarly Commons of Our Own.