Oakwood School is committed to the introduction of the OneSchool concept of Self-Directed Learning and has created three Learning Centres, one at each Campus, to support this program. The Learning Centre is a large space in which the real business of learning takes place. It is a hub of learning, ideally centrally located if not physically at least pedagogically; (at the centre of learning).
The concept of a learning centre is to provide an inspirational atmosphere conducive to creativity and independent learning. Far from being just another classroom, a successful learning centre must be well planned to incorporate many elements that support the learning and the learning environment in a welcoming work area. These centres needed to be designed with the needs and limitations of specific campuses in mind; however, the general design and benefits of the Learning Centres are itemised below.
The Learning Centre...
• supports a self-directed learning model
• demonstrates and builds a community of learners
• models life-long learning & work habits
• promotes a collegial working enviornment for teachers
A ‘Learning to Learn’ Centre is:
• a space that students use during their studies
• a space where students learn through doing
• an open space with few fixed partitions
• a space designed to be as flexible as possible
• a space that places at its centre learning by students rather than the teaching by teachers
• additional to conventional lesson space
• a central space containing the primary learning resources, including technological resources, books and teachers
• a space in which students can access their assignments via Moodle or similar LMS
• designed for maximum visibility but minimum sound disturbance
The ‘Learning to Learn’ Centre contains:
• a variety of learning spaces
• small glassed-off areas for small group and one-on-one tuition and for student conferences with off-site teachers
• other areas for a variety of learning and working opportunities
• the teacher work-room, so that students can access teacher assistance with their assignments and the teachers can model working patterns
The use of up-to-date video conferencing equipment for campus-to-campus communication and specialist subject teaching was introduced in 2006 and has been a great success in broadening the subject range for senior students as well as in making best use of our human and material resources nationwide.