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What you need to know about signing up

Do I have to sign up for both classes? What happens if I decide to withdraw from one of the courses?

Yes. In order to make sure that one group of students enrolls in both of the linked courses and participates in the Learning Community, we require students to sign up for both courses at the same time.

Likewise, if you decide to withdraw from one of the linked courses at some point during the semester, you must withdraw from the other course, too. You do not have to withdraw from any other courses that are not linked together.

 

 

Where can I find course offerings

Where can I find information on what Learning Communities are offered each semester?

You can access this information by going to http://www.lccc.edu and clicking on Learning Communities under Quick Links. That link brings you to this website: see the link of courses offered for Fall 2009 in the upper left corner of this page. Click to open the document. Or you can go to the bottom left corner of the LCCC home page to learn more.  

The credit catalog and both the Fall and Spring/Summer editions of the credit tabloids advertise Learning Community offerings for their respective semesters.

Furthermore, feel free to contact Ann Turoczy, Director of Learning Communities and Faculty Development. E-mail her at aturoczy@lccc.edu or call her at (610) 799-1087.

Most importantly, talk with an academic advisor about which Learning Communities are right for you. You can call Academic Advising at (610) 799-1137.

 

What are Learning Communities

Our Learning Communities (or LCs) are designed to give you what you want and need in order to be successful in many aspects of your life.

To thrive in most careers and in community organizations, both local and global, you need to be able to work together with groups of people to solve problems, to construct knowledge, to determine policies, and to seize opportunities. You also need to be able to understand how differing areas, fields, or disciplines approach situations, problems, processes, and concepts of interest.

Without a developed sense of community--of 'common unity' in meeting the needs of clients, customers, and our communities--businesses, services, industries, and social and political groups of all kinds struggle to be successful.

We believe that success shouldn't be a struggle, so we design LCs to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and experience that you need.

 

How do LCs work?

Our LCs link two or more courses together: one group of students takes both classes, and instructors coordinate their materials and assignments around a unifying theme or problem.

For instance, two instructors can combine College English II and Abnormal Psychology to study "Psychology in Literature"--particularly the abnormal kinds.

Likewise, instructors can connect developmental math with writing to improve students' learning in both courses.

All these connections improve your learning experience, making your time here more valuable.

 

Who teaches the LCs

Who teaches the Learning Communities?

The majority of Learning Communities at LCCC have been taught by full-time faculty. These faculty are genuinely interested in the overall well-being of their students, both academically and socially. They challenge their students, but they also provide students with the educational resources and support that students need to succeed.

Faculty teaching linked courses spend a significant amount of time designing and developing their Learning Communities in order to ensure that the courses connect. They consult with one another frequently throughout the semester to discuss the progress of their Learning Community, the quality of the experiences their students are having, and whether any changes are needed to meet the needs of the students.

Sometimes faculty members teach their courses together, alongside one another, when they teach a particular topic or concept. As a result, students learn various perspectives on the subject at hand and have the ability to engage in a discussion with both faculty members at once.

 

Credit and Grade information

How do Learning Communities affect my credits and grades?

Students who enroll in a Learning Community receive the same college credit for courses that are linked as for courses that are not linked. In fact, each of your Learning Communities courses is listed as an individual course on your transcript, exactly as it would be if you took it unlinked.

Students in Learning Communities earn a grade for each course in a pair or group of courses linked together. Each course has its own objectives and, often, its own assignments. However, some faculty assign joint projects for their linked courses and then grade those projects together: one assignment produces grades for both courses.

 

Fall 2009 Learning Communities

 

What students have to say about LC's

 

Who can enroll in LCs

We have learning communities for all kinds of students:

  1. students who need further preparation in order to meet the demands of college coursework
  2. transfer students beginning or continuing their college coursework at LCCC
  3. high-achieving honors students who want challenging academic opportunities before transferring to colleges and universities anywhere

 

Credits

The content of this site was created by Jonathan Sponsler and adapted by Ann Turoczy

If you have any questions please contact the Teacher Learning Center (TLC) at (610) 799-1087.

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