Learning Communities

Learning Communities

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Learning Communities are linked courses with the same students and connected content (scroll all the way down to learn more). You'll make new friends and learn more deeply by taking a learning community this term!

Watch the video to hear what Lane students say about their experiences and then check out the links below to find out more about the classes and how to register.

First Year Learning Communities

Are you a new Lane student or in your first year? Most learning communities link a required course with an elective that will help you succeed in all of your coursework. Review your placement test scores to figure out which Learning Community is best for you.

For Health Occupations Majors

BioBonds: Building Blocks for Your Body
BI112 Cell Biology for Health Occupations linked with CH112 Chemistry for Health Occupations

For Women's Program Participants

Women in Transition
CG140T Career and Life Planning linked with CG220 Life Transition

Second Year Learning Community

Are you a second-year Lane student and working towards your AAOT? Consider the following option offered during Spring term only.

Reconnecting with Nature
BI103G General Biology: Global Ecology linked with PS297 Environmental Politics and REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology.

woman holding wrench in classWhat are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities are a great way to learn! They help you stay engaged and motivated while you pursue your college and life goals.

Learning Communities classes can be linked in several ways:

  • Around a theme, such as learning about yourself and your career and life plans.
  • Around a question, such as, "How can I better understand the connections between nature, politics and religion?"
  • Around a goal, such as, "How can I successfully make a life transition?"

Students enroll in two or more classes together, creating a common cohort or "community." Faculty also work together, often attending the different classes too. Your learning experiences are enhanced by this sense of community and common understanding across disciplines. National research shows that students who take learning communities succeed at higher rates than students who take stand-alone courses. And learning communities classes fulfill the same degree and certificate requirements as stand-alones.

The actual structure of Lane's learning communities varies among classes and instructors. Some learning communities have very closely integrated curricula, so that the classes seem to "talk" to one another throughout the term. Other learning communities are more loosely organized, and the "community feel" comes from getting to know classmates well and investigating a theme across disciplines.

Learning Communities help students to:

  • Learn more deeply
  • Get to know peers
  • Fully engage in the learning process
  • Achieve college and life goals
  • Fulfill degree and certificate requirements