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Development of Learning Community Interest Groups

EDU 394IW

Development of Learning Community Interest Groups

EDU 394IW

Course Description

Prerequisite: Open to all full and part-time faculty with permission of instructor. Examines learning communities theories and models most closely resembling Interest Groups (often called Freshman Interest Groups and Clusters at other institutions). Discusses concepts of interdisciplinarity, community, and continuing development and evaluation of Interest Groups both individually as separate learning communities and collectively as a distinct identity. Includes participation in on-line interactive journaling about assigned and recommended readings. Develops a capstone project to plan an interest group learning community. Credit may be earned in ED 394 or EDU 394 but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Compare, contrast, and evaluate various definitions, models, and conceptual frameworks of learning communities most closely resembling the Interest Group model.

Objectives:

  • Discuss and evaluate assigned readings.
  • Respond interactively on-line to readings and to each other.

Design an Interest Group learning community.

Objectives:

  • Seek and give feedback on this work.
  • Design at least one assessment means for this interest group.
  • Prepare at least one assignment that integrates disciplines for this interest group.
  • Develop a syllabus.
  • Consult with counselors for help reaching the population for this course combination.
  • Identify the likely population for their Interest Group.

Collectively examine, articulate, and where appropriate modify, the culture, unique identity, and common means of assessment of Interest Groups at Delta.

Objectives:

  • Choose a common assessment tool to be used by all Interest Groups in order to assess a common outcome. Use data collected by previous Interest Group faculty to close the assessment loop and continue future assessment of common outcomes.
  • Collectively come to conclusions about the role and place of Interest Groups to the college culture and mission, general education, marketing, the use of the seminar-type hour, and any other issues that make Interest Groups a distinct body of Learning Communities. Review, articulate, and recommend modifications as appropriate.
  • Collectively determine what common outcome(s) will exist beyond the course outcomes for all Interest Groups in their grouping or collectively review the common outcome(s) in light of data provided by previous Interest Group faculty. Forward modifications of these outcomes to the Learning Community Advisory Board for approval as appropriate