Learning Communities

As part of our ATD work, we developed a new model for Learning Communities here at WSCC.  Previously, we had used pairings, but due to scheduling and load difficulties, we were unable to take the program to scale.  Now we utilize a 9:30 timeslot (the Salerno model) and use the larger sense of "community" to include all disciplines across campus.  With this model, instructors flip their classrooms to allow students to attend Learning Community events/ functions during the class meeting time.  This allows more students to participate in the model because the majority of our students commute, and to require another scheduled time to meet was a barrier to these engaging, co-curricular experiences.  Enrollment averages from 1000 to 1400 students each semester and includes almost all areas of the college. (biology, dental, English, speech, math, psychology, criminal justice, music, etc.) For fall 2017, we have 38 scheduled (over 1200 students).  The "theme" of each event is color-coded, which coicides with our Pathways work and meta majors, although many overlap.  An addition for fall is a lunch and learn segment that will be offered in shorter, more compact forty-five minute sessions on the same topic offered earlier in the day that everyone may attend. Learning Community courses are indicated as such in the fall and spring schedules and require a minimum of three assignments focused on the activity; one must be on diversity. New hires participating in the Teaching and Learning Academy are required to participate sometime the first year.

ID 16559

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16559, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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