Learning Communities are popular at universities across the country. Several institutions spearhead the Learning Community movement to promote new Learning Community concepts.
One of the leading institutions in this area is Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. They host an annual National Summer Institute to explore ways to strengthen learning community programs at colleges and universities across the nation. For more information, please visit the National Summer Institute or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, WSU sends a team to the National Learning Community Conference. Amy Cooper has been presenting at the NLCC for the past seven years. You can find more informaiton about the NLCC here: https://www.facebook.com/nlcc.consortium
In June 2008, WSU sent a team to the National Summer Institute for Learning Communities (NSILC). During the conference, the team attended lectures and workshops and worked with learning community experts from around the country to develop a two-year plan for WSU learning communities. An overview is available.
There are several other national conferences that focus on learning communities. More information on some events of note are available at the following websites: www.novemberlearning.com and uc.iupui.edu
Library Reading List
Library Link: http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=b2968659~S47
Authors: J. O'Connor and J. Anderson
Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education. 2003
Abstract: This report examines the importance of learning communities within institutions of higher education. It identifies two important dimensions of learning communities: primary membership and primary form of interaction. Four categories of student learning communities are identified: curricular learning communities, classroom learning communities, residential learning communities, and student-type learning communities. Benefits for students and faculty of effective learning communities are documented and include higher academic achievement, better retention rates, diminished faculty isolation, and increased curricular integration.
Author: Lenning, Oscar T. and Ebbers, Larry H
Publication: ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Vol. 26, No. 6.
Abstract: This article describes several types of learning communities and explains the benefits to both students and faculty. Fostering workforce skills, encouraging problem-solving skills, and increasing retention and success are some of the benefits for students and faculty.
Author: Dodge, Lucy.
Journal: College Teaching Volume: 52 Issue: 4 Year: 2004
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