Faculty Handbook

Faculty Handbook

Administrative Coordinators: When you are staffing a learning communities course with faculty new to learning communities, please contact Anne McGrail so that she can answer questions and direct the faculty member to resources.

What is a Learning Community?

Who can teach in learning communities?

Anyone who is certified and assigned to teach a course is eligible to teach in in a learning community structure. If you are an instructor who has been assigned a First Year Experience learning community class, then you will be offered curriculum development funding that supports integrating your own discipline course with the College Success or Effective Learning curriculum. (If you are assigned the CG100 or EL115 class, then your curriculum development award can be used to integrate the discipline-specific issues and learning goals of the course you are linking with to your own syllabus.  This work is currently sponsored by the Title III Grant and will continue through Learning Communities as budgets allow.)

What are the benefits of teaching in a learning community?

The most significant benefits to teaching in a learning community is the enhanced engagement and satisfaction that your students will experience while in your classroom. Lane has conducted student learning and satisfaction surveys on all of our learning community students, and we have found a distinct positive impact on these measures. You can review our data by clicking here.

Another benefit of teaching in the learning community is that you will be awarded curriculum development support (up to 30 hours for first-year experience learning communities, and more for completely new learning communities). 

First Year Experience Learning Communities

Overview of First Year Experience Learning Communities

First Year Experience Learning Community Development and Design: Resources

Planning a Learning Community: Checklist

Student Success Stragegies and Integrative Learning

Curricular Infusion: Embed Success Strategies into Your Courses

Learn More About Integrative Assignments for all Your Classes Here

On Course Across the Curriculum: Skip Downing's Resource Page

Student Success Strategies from On Course by Skip Downing

On Course Wiki from the National On Course Workshop

April 2010 On Course Workshop Handouts for On Course Structures in the Classroom

Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education: Great Resources

Learn about the Learning Communities Advantage Here

Learn about our Current Learning Communities Offerings Here

Here are Some Examples of Learning Communities Structures

Examples of Other Learning Communities Models

From Brainstorming to Publicity: Planning a Successful New Learning Community

Integrative Learning

What support is available for teaching in a learning community?

Curriculum Development Support

New First Year Experience Faculty Support

What is a First Year Experience Learning Community?

Writing Classes and Writing Across the Curriculum

Sample learning communities syllabi

Faculty Development Resources for High Impact Practices

Assessing Learning Communities

Links to Ongoing Assessment Data for Learning Communities