Theory and Pedagogy of Learning CommunitiesEDU 394W
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
- Discuss and evaluate assigned readings.
- Respond interactively on-line and in class seminars to readings and to each other.
Design a learning community
- 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.
- Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
- Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
- Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.