What is a Learning Community?
A learning community is a pair of courses grouped together with a common theme. The instructors work together to create assignments and learning experiences that cross over into each class. The same group of students register for the courses, creating a community to support one another’s academic achievements.
Taking courses in a learning community provides these benefits:
- You have more support and contact with instructors.
- You build more connection and community with your classmates.
- You will complete some integrated assignments to build knowledge, connections and experiences across two different courses.
- In some pairings, you will finish a course sequence in one semester instead of two.
How do I register for a learning community?
Register for BOTH courses in each learning community.Meet with an advisor if you have questions.
- Review the Fall 2022 learning communities to find an offering that is a good fit for you:
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!”
Amy Tarrell-Florey, Learning Community Coordinator