What are Learning Communities?
Learning communities at Saint Paul College are pairings of courses that are linked – students take the two courses together as a cohort and learning activities are connected across the courses. Taking courses in a learning community, provides these benefits:
- You experience a higher level of support and contact with both instructors.
- Studying in both courses with a group of classmates builds connection and community.
- Assignments and learning are integrated and you build knowledge connections and experiences across two different disciplines.
What do students say about learning communities at Saint Paul College?
Naw Chi, Accounting student, EAPP0900 + ENGL1711 learning community (Fall 2017):
“It was very helpful, especially for second language students. The EAPP instructor helped us with what we needed to write a 5-6 page research paper. She helped us to brainstorm and organize thoughts, to find the right sources and to improve the grammar. We reviewed the papers before turning them in, so it was extra help. How the classes were combined was very helpful. You have the same classmates and you get to know each other better so you’re not as shy.”
Mee Chang, Medical Lab Tech student, READ0722 and ENGL0922 (Fall 2018):
“The combined classes made a lot of sense! I love the idea of using the books and articles from Reading as a reference to write my essays for English. Both professors were always willing to give their advice, time and support, whether it was before, during or after class. Taking courses together in a learning community really helped me to prepared for my actual college level courses as well!”
How do I register for a learning community?
- Review the learning community offerings and see if one matches your goals and eligibility.
- Meet with a OneStop or Pathway Advisor.
- Register for a learning community by registering for both courses (set up as co-requisites)
Amy Tarrell-Florey, Learning Community Coordinator