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.