Course-Linked Learning Communities

Curriculum Features

The main feature of learning communities is to link courses together so that a student can begin making connections between subjects to engage more in the learning process. The material does not have to be changed in the particular learning community of interest but is suggested to work together with the faculty members taking part.

  • Curricula can be organized around a theme, question, or issue. For example, each student in the SAIL Living Learning Community is enrolled in CAEN 101: Applications of Learning Theories course to focus on academic development and college transition.

  • Linked courses provide opportunities for synergism, with courses supporting each other or connected by an interdisciplinary theme.

  • Faculty work together to make the organizational decisions as to how the curriculum should be linked together.

  • A coordinated learning environment exists.

  • Learning Community courses help students identify the association between disciplines – whether a connection or conflict exists between disciplines and how they can use this knowledge to learn more about the subjects.

  • Integrated Learning Community with two courses should have one common syllabus

Structure of Course-Linked Learning Communities

  • Faculty are either recruited or work together to develop a Learning Community

  • Faculty are encouraged to participate in development sessions designed to enhance the Learning Communities collaborative process.

  • Faculty work together to develop their syllabi and make the courses cohesive.

  • Faculty are encouraged to provide feedback on their Learning Communities experiences both verbally and through a survey conducted each semester.

  • Developing members are responsible for promotion and recruitment and can enroll the assistance of the Office of Academic Enhancement if needed.

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