Learning Communities

Definition: Two courses or more (two of which have at least three equated credits) in which the students enrolled are common to all courses in the learning community and in which course work across the learning community is in some way integrated for an especially enhanced intellectual experience for students.

Application: Faculty who teach a course in a learning community are expected to engage in joint planning (including, but not limited to, the development of joint assignments across all courses in the learning community), in some collaborative teaching during the term of offering, and in consultative student assessment. They are further expected to plan and facilitate outside-of-class engagements with and among students in activities that (a) demonstrate the interrelatedness of content in the learning community and (b) engage students in experiences to enrich the totality of the intellectual experience of the learning community.

Learning Communities are one of seven High Impact Practices supported by the Queensborough Academies.  Learning Communities are two or more courses taught by two professors, linked by a theme, designed to assist students in seeing connections between disciplines, enhancing faculty and student engagement.  High Impact Practices are modalities that facilitate student learning skills and competencies, not just content or information.  
Learning Community #1
Theme:  Making Waves in Education
Contemporary Education:
  Principles and
  Practices (WI)
EDUC101  LC 25716 MW 10:10 - 12:00 pm M130 Ferdenzi, Anita
Principles of Physics PH101 LC 42064 MWTh 12:10 - 1:00 pm S311 Shekoyan, Vazgen
Principles of Physics Lab PH101L LCL 42305 M 1:10 - 3:00 pm S307 Staff
Description:  This course will examine the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of American education.  Students will study the evolution of educational theory and research-based practices that promote social, emotional and cognitive development and enhance learning. Attention will be paid to comparative analysis of past and contemporary political, philosophical and sociological factors that have influenced and shaped educational decision-making. The course introduces students to the reflective decision-making model through readings, in-class activities and discussions.  Students will be actively involved in their own learning process. They will learn how to use a variety of learning strategies as they flex from the role of current student learning Physics 101 content material to the perspective of future teacher studying underlying pedagogical principles for effective physics instruction.  Students will further apply course content in an Academic Service Learning activity.              
Learning Community #2
Theme: A Journey to Newtonian Mechanics and Calculus for Engineers
Analytic Geometry
  and Calculus I
MA441 LC 54020 MT
11:10 - 12:00 pm
10:10 - 11:00 am
10:10 - 12:00 pm
Yao, Haishen
Calculus Physics I PH411  LC 42164 M 1:10 - 2:00 pm S311 Guo, Wen Li
TTh 1:10 - 2:25 pm S313
Calculus Physics I Lab PH411L LCL 42170 W 10:10 - 12:00 pm S307 Staff
Description:  Newtonian mechanics and calculus were discovered by Newton at the same time and heavily intertwine with eachother.  This Learning Community is designed for students who want to learn Calculus and Physics at the same time.  The course objectives are to enable students to improve their understanding of Physics concepts and improve their Calculus skills in a direct application text.  Our approach will help students to have a deep understanding of both.
Learning Community #3
Theme: Linking English Literature to the Criminal Justice Experience
English Composition II:
  Intro. To Literature
EN102 LC 41542 T 10:10 - 12:00 pm C201 Atik, Aliza
Th 10:10 - 12:00 pm H407
Criminology CRIM102 LC 25649 T 12:10 - 3:00 pm S430 Milton, Trevor
Description:  This Learning Community focuses on the interplay between English literature and contact with the criminal justice system.  The carceral system is omni-present: from police officers in every neighborhood, to closed circuit television cameras, to the laws and regulations that govern our every action, this system has an impact on every person.  Literature serves as a means of documenting and humanizing these experiences.  Every story of police contact or the gaze of surveillance can be interpreted through the expression of human emotion and human understanding of these experiences.  Students will have a greater understanding of both discipines, which will culminate in a joint assignment focusing on the works of Michel Foucoult, Nancy Peterson, and a select poem.