Teaching and Learning
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).
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