Learning Communities

What is a Learning Community?

  • An integrated approach to teaching and learning.
  • In a learning community, two or more classes are “paired,” and a group of students enrolls in both of the paired courses.
  • Faculty work together to integrate course content and materials in order to emphasize the connections between the subject areas.
  • Because students take the same classes together, strong bonds form as they study together, support each other, and learn from one another.
  • A High Impact Practice (HIP) that increases student engagement, student success, and student retention (George Kuh, AAC&U, 2008).


SAC Ascender Learning Communities


Objectives of Learning Communities

  • Acquire deeper understanding of both subjects
  • Understand relationships between the different subjects
  • Think critically and analytically
  • Deal with complex problems that have multiple perspectives
  • Be personally accountable for learning
  • Feel supported by teachers and peers
  • Work effectively with others
  • Learn effectively on one’s own


Dr. Joan J. Jaimes
Director of Teaching and Learning