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Learning Communities

A Practical Way to Learn

A learning community is when two course sections in the same semester are linked together and the same students enroll in both course sections. Professors work together to coordinate assignments and content, and to improve crossover learning between the courses. Classes are typically back-to-back or at the same time on alternating days.

Say you’re learning how to structure a research paper in your English composition class. Now say you have a paper due in Western Civilization on the development of the European government. Wouldn’t it be convenient to write one paper and get credit for both classes? Well, that’s the concept of a Learning Community – to coordinate what you are learning in one class and apply it to another. What a practical way to learn and complete your class requirements.

Learning Communities give added meaning to your college experience. The program takes apparently unrelated courses and links them together with a common theme and team of instructors. Professors coordinate so that each knows what the other is teaching and they work together to tie themes into relevant reading and writing assignments.

View the Fall 2015 Learning Communities

Things you need to know about Learning Communities (LCs)

  • LCs are not harder, but they can be better for some students because one course in an LC supports the other course. Professors work together to coordinate assignments and content, and to improve crossover learning between the courses.
  • In a learning community, you still take the same courses you need for your degree or program; that is, there are no wasted courses/credits.
    >> See the guide for transferring LC courses
  • It doesn’t cost any more to take a learning community.
  • You’ll get to know other students better and faster.
  • You’ll likely get better grades in your LC classes and you will get a better start on your college education.
  • Courses are conveniently schedule to meet back-to-back on the same days of the week or at the same time on alternate days of the week.
  • You are encouraged to register for a learning community in your first semester at the college. There are opportunities, but no obligation, to continue for more than one semester.
  • If you come to Reynolds, you have the option of registering for an LC; if you were attending a four-year college or university, chances are very high you would be enrolled in a learning community.