Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Communities
What is a Learning Community?
A Learning Community is an
approach to the learning process that assumes that students are one
of the best learning resources for one another! In a learning
community, two or more classes are “paired,” and a group of students
enrolls in both of the paired courses. Because students are taking
the same classes together, strong bonds form as they study together,
support each other, and learn from one another. Likewise, faculty
work together integrating course materials in order to emphasize the
connections between the subject areas. The collaboration the
connection among and between faculty and students creates a
“community of learners” that enhances each member’s experience while
members of the community gain a cross-curricular view of subjects.
What are the advantages of a Learning Community?
many advantages. In Learning Communities, students have greater
access to instructors, and they often get to know them much better.
Also, because a group of students take two classes together,
stronger bonds form between students. Resources can be shared more
readily, study groups can be formed, and friendships can blossom.
One of the main advantages of Learning Communities is the way the
two courses are “blended” by the faculty. This blending often allows
for the student to use one course to work on the goals of the other,
saving time and increasing learning.
Why would - students want to be part of a learning community?
They find the experience more satisfying
They are more likely to be successful in the courses within the
They are more likely to finish these courses and continue at the
They learn leadership skills by working collaboratively
They feel empowered by being part of decision-making
They satisfy both their social and academic goals
Who is eligible to join a Learning Community?
Communities are available for any students who have met the course
pre-requisites and who are interested in learning in a collaborative
What types of Learning Communities are available at CCBC?
There are different Learning Communities available at CCBC that
include Developmental Learning Communities, Paired Learning
Communities, Honors Learning Communities, Clusters, and English as a
Second Language Learning Communities.
How do I register for a Learning Community?
from the classes listed in the table for the campus you are
interested in attending. Remember, you must register for BOTH