Introduction to Learning Communities (LCs)
What is a Learning Community?
A learning community is a learning environment that deepens learning and increases social engagement for students, as well as for the faculty members who facilitate a learning community. Because of the sense of "community" that develops in a learning community through active learning, co-curricular activities, and engagement with students, faculty, and staff, learning communities can make a positive, profound difference on student success. Learning communities at Tri-County Technical College are based on, to one degree or another, the eight behaviors of successful students.
- Personal Responsibility
- Life-Long Learning
- Emotional Intelligence
- Believing in Themselves
These eight behaviors of successful students are the core of the Freshman Seminar course, COL 105.
How are Learning Communities Developed at the College?
Learning communities are currently being developed through the suppport of a five-year U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant. The learning communities component of the Title III grant provides released time and training for faculty interested in designing and piloting a learning community. Faculty members can choose to design one of three different kinds of communities: thematic, linked, or integrated.