What Is a Learning Community?
A learning community is formed when two course sections in the same semester are strategically 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.
For example, say you are 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 it in 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 program requirements.
Why Should I Take a Learning Community?
Convenient scheduling—The linked courses are typically scheduled back-to-back.
- Shared assignments and topics—Professors work to integrate assignments and build a common theme.
- Support system—The community structure makes it easier to meet peers, make friends, and get assistance from professors.
- And that’s not all—A learning community can help you meet your program requirements at no additional cost!