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Theory and Pedagogy of Learning Communities

EDU 394W

Theory and Pedagogy of Learning Communities

EDU 394W

Course Description

Prerequisite: Open to all full and part-time faculty and staff. Examines (in classroom seminars and by on-line listserv) learning communities theories and models, including concepts of interdisciplinary and community. Includes participation in on-line listserv interactive journaling about course readings and a capstone project to prepare a syllabus, one or two possible assignments, and at least one means of assessment for a proposed learning community. Designed for faculty, future teachers, and administrators. Credit may be earned in ED 394 or EDU 394 but not both. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Compare, contrast, and evaluate various definitions, models, and conceptual frameworks of learning communities

Objectives:

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

Design a learning community

Objectives:

  • Select a marketable course combination.
  • Consult with counselors about this course combination.
  • Develop a syllabus, preferably with other involved faculty.
  • Prepare assignments that integrate disciplines.
  • Design means of assessment.
  • Accept and give feedback on proposed learning communities both in person with their classroom peers or on a listserv.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.