Academy Course Overview:
Learning Communities: A User’s Guide
Week 1: Getting Started: What are Learning Communities?
a homepage and introduction exercises
Why do you want to start a learning community?
of our definitions and experience with learning communities
2: Why Create Learning Communities?
cover the rationale behind and goals for learning communities
of our hopes and expectations for establishing a learning community
3: Exploring Various Learning Community Models
of models for potential implementation at your institution
4: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Around a Theme
interdisciplinary groups exploring ways your combined content knowledge
could be united around a common theme
of collaborative process
faculty roles in a learning community
5: If You Build It, Will They Come?
If the learning community is intended to serve student sub-populations,
which populations are those?
examination of student populations, pedagogical strategies, connections
among students and faculty, other goals, assignments as assessments
6: Sustainability Issues
on organizational change and planning
of additional considerations when planning LCs, including: communication,
marketing, institutionalization, assessment and feedback, resources
needed for implementation