Learning environments can be analyzed as a complex entity comprising many different factors. We have developed many types of library programs and know that some interactions are more important than others. Online learning is changing the rules for students and teachers, offering them a chance to function differently. They can have a more central role in their own learning environment with a knowledge management approach.
During our library science research, we found that Communities of Practice (CoPs) highlight the personal foundation upon which relationships are formed, disregarding geographical, functional boundaries or unit constrictions. We know that motivation is often build on the environment, tasks, contexts and work interests in action. According to Prusak, “communities of practice represents how individuals perform their jobs on daily basis contrary to the formal policies operated. The concept facilitates co-operation within groups. Indeed, social capital allows access to the information and knowledge shared by others.”
After two decades of library programming and planning, learning environments have entered the knowledge management age. We call this the trusted service plan. It is based on building communities of practice and activities to build trust. Factors believed most significant in defining the range of online environmental relationships pertinent to student success and/or organizational teams.
Mobile technologies, laptops, and advances in library content management software now make it possible for librarians to link into online education platforms (Canvas, Odigia, Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, etc.) and offer knowledge management services. It is now possible to share vast amounts of information with your community, build on the individuals, support local businesses that makeup the Trusted Learning Environment (tutors, teachers, educators, etc.).
We can capture student learning outcomes and build a new type of library organization based on data analysis and strategic planning outcomes. We are keen to explore better ways to interact with the library’s data and the knowledge management environment. We have analyzed learning platforms and library systems to support intranet systems (document management, content management, library management systems, RFID, automation).
In the 2000’s, our firm was engaged in a series of knowledge management studies focusing on online communication – virtual environments. We toured research facilities and learned about the Access Grid (ex. Zoom.us, GotoMeeting, etc.). We analyzed how knowledge management would change and impact work space. We analyzed the technology that would ultimately change education and research. These library management projects taught us that architectural programming standards was morphing from large offices to systems thinking from paper based business into knowledge management. From using one office to a multiverse of rich and deep connectivity.
Go Boldly into the Future
When you boldly create the world’s newest technology you need to manage the risks. According to Laurence Young, Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, “altered gravity environments, such as those experienced by astronauts, impact spatial orientation perception, and can lead to spatial disorientation and sensorimotor impairment.” Knowledge management environments can be just as confusing. Make sure you understand how learning is operated both in the physical and virtual world.
Young Writes that Eye Motion, Balance and Manual Control are important aspects of space flight systems.
We know that a knowledge management system includes: communities of practice, social capital and intellectual expertise. What constitutes your learning environment?
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