Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University
Clair Taylor is an associate professor at Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University, Japan, where she manages “Lounge MELT” (a social language learning space for university students). Her research interests are learning space design and learning beyond the classroom. She is currently the president of the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning.
This forum examines learner communities in self-access spaces, through several presentations and a follow-up discussion. Topics covered include fostering teaching assistant study groups in a self-access context, learner engagement and identity with a social learning space as examined through the lens of the community of practice framework (Wenger-Trayner & Wenger-Trayner, 2015), and the challenge of sustaining and enhancing a community of learners split across two university campuses.