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Innovative Educators Presents Creating Learning Communities to Enhance Student Success. Dr. Jodi Levine Laufgraben Temple University. Focus for this Webinar. Things to consider when… Developing Overview of models and definitions Implementation issues Sustaining Benefits
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Dr. Jodi Levine Laufgraben
Things to consider when…
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
Before we start, take a few moments to answer the following questions:
A learning community is…
“Our Campus” is implementing learning communities to…
Evidence of success will include…
Background Knowledge Probe is a classroom assessment technique that can be found in Angelo and Cross (1993) Classroom Assessment Techniques. Jossey-Bass.
With your colleagues, share your response to the question:
“Our Campus is implementing learning communities to…”
..And email me (Q&A feature) some of your answers for the group discussion.
It begins with goals…
What is a Learning Community?A variety of approaches that link or cluster classes during a given term, often around an interdisciplinary theme, that enroll a common cohort of students. This represents an intentional restructuring of students’ time, credit and learning experiences to foster more explicit intellectual connections between students, between students and their faculty, and between disciplines.Source: Gabelnick, MacGregor, Matthews, and Smith (1990) Learning Communities: Creating Connections Among Students, Faculty and Disciplines. Jossey-Bass.
Where is your campus on each dimension?
Love, A.G. and Tokuno, K.A. (1999) Learning communities models. In J. Levine (Ed.) Learning Communities: New Structures, New Partnerships for Learning. Columbia, South Carolina: National Center for the Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition Monograph Series.
COMMUNITY as a strategy to strengthen LEARNING
LEARNING to work and to understand more deeply the value and challenges of COMMUNITY
Slide provided by Jean MacGregor, National Learning Communities Project,
The Evergreen State College
Programs in which a small cohort of students enrolls in larger classes that faculty DO NOT coordinate. Intellectual connections and community- building often take place in an additional integrative seminar.
Programs of two or more classes linked thematically or by content, which a cohort of students takes together. The faculty DO plan the program collaboratively.
Programs of coursework that faculty members team-teach. The course work is embedded in an integrated program of study.
shading represents the student cohort
Goal: The creation of small effective academic learning communities in a large college setting.
Vehicle: Triads of courses offered around an area of interest, an interdisciplinary topic, or courses related to a specific major. Each F.I.G. has a peer advisor, a more advanced student who convenes the group weekly to form study groups, to learn about campus resources, and to plan social gatherings.
Intro. to Philosophy: Ethics
F.I.G. Discussion Group
American Political Systems
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Philosophy
Two, three or more courses fully team-taught as an integrated program.
Problems Without Solutions?
A year-long program at
The Evergreen State College
Successful Learning Community implementation requires extensive cross-unit coordination:
Goals for the
Faculty Development Support
Locus of Learning Community Leadership
LC Offerings Models
of Academic Advisors
Learning Communities represent a transformation in how we think about structuring teaching and learning environments.
Impetus for Change
Comprehensive View/Shared Vision
Incentives and Rewards
Source: National Learning Communities Project http://www.evergreen.edu/washcenter/lcFaq.htm
Adapted from Strommer, “Teaching and Learning in a Learning Community”
Successful learning communities create or deepen the connections between and among students and teachers…
New ideas, new energy,
Source: Love, A.G. in Levine Laufgraben & Shapiro (2004),
Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities. Jossey-Bass.
Consider what courses/disciplines you might like to bring together to create a community around this theme. Discuss the type of learning community (FIG, link, …) how the theme will be addressed across the courses, assignments or learning activities for students, and teaching strategies to engage students in active and collaborative learning.
Theme: A Different Angle
Report out in just 10 minutes!!!
Effective Learning Communities have a number of distinctive features:
Source: Involvement in Learning, 1984.
Some Purposes of Learning Communities Assessment:
On a piece of
paper, list 5-7 items/issues that will be essential to the success of learning communities on your campus. Include one approach for assessing your learning community initiative.
Focused Listing is a classroom assessment technique that can be found in Angelo and Cross (1993) Classroom Assessment Techniques. Jossey-Bass.
National Learning Commons Website
Shapiro, N. S., and J. H. Levine. 1999. Creating
Learning Communities: A Practical Guide to Winning Support, Organizing for Change, and Implementing Programs. Jossey-Bass.
Smith, B. L. 2001. "The Challenge of Learning Communities as a Growing National Movement." Peer Review. Association of American Colleges & Universities. 3/4, (4/1) Summer/Fall: 4-8.
Laufgraben, J. L. and Shapiro N. S. 2004. Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities. Jossey-Bass.
Smith, B. L., J. MacGregor, R. Matthews, and F. Gabelnick. 2004. Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education. Jossey-Bass.