Finding dedicated team members is the first step to starting a successful community. “Learning Communities prosper when capable and creative individuals become involved when ownership of the task is shared, and when the work is seen as benefitting everyone’s interests and needs” (Leigh Smith et al. 2004)
How Can I Teach in a Learning Community?
The LC Program welcomes new and returning faculty to teach in Learning Communities. Since most LCs are for first-semester college students, the need is especially high for faculty who teach General Education courses and other lower-level courses without pre-requisites. We encourage proposals for learning communities by issuing a campus-wide call for proposals through your department or through the Dailey.
The Call for Proposals for Fall LCs is generally in late September through November.
If you would like to teach in a learning community but do not want to propose one of your own, send us an e-mail indicating your interest and the course(s) you teach, and we’ll help you find one!
I know what course I want to teach in a Community, but I do not have a faculty team?
Discuss your course with another faculty to encourage the development of a theme, essential question, or issue. Use your course and theme ideas to network and find additional Learning Community faculty. You may also coordinate your efforts with the Assistant Dean for Intellectual Foundations, who may be able to help you find additional team members.
I have a faculty team, but do not have a theme for our Community?
Begin the discussion by sharing syllabi and important course topics or projects. The focus of a Community may evolve over several conversations.
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