Frequently Asked Questions
- How will learning communities show up on my transcript?
- Do learning communities transfer well?
- What are students saying about learning communities?
- Are all learning communities on campus or are there other options?
- Will I get the same grade for both courses?
- Are all learning communities 6 credits?
- Can I take more than one learning community?
- How are linked and fully integrated learning communities different?
- How do I know which learning community is for me?
- How can I find the learning communities in MiddleNet?
- Where can I find them in the printed class schedule?
- Is taking a learning community the same as taking two regular classes?
- Why should I take a learning community instead of taking the two courses?
- Do we get a break when the classes are combined?
How will learning communities show up on my transcript?back to top
Only the individual courses that make up the learning community will be listed. Learning community titles will not be included. For example, if you enroll in LIC 102 Power: Who has it? Who gets it? you will have ENG 101 English Composition I and SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology recorded on your transcript.
Do learning communities transfer well?back to top
Since the individual courses that make up the learning community are posted to your transcript, learning communities transfer just as well as the courses would if you took them separately. If you have questions about transferability of your courses, see your advisor or the Transfer Advisor at the Student Information Center on either campus.
What are students saying about learning communities?back to top
- It helped me get to know people.
- I love having 2 teachers! There's always something going on in class, which makes it go by faster.
- I liked getting credit for two classes.
- I found it to be very interesting how two classes can turn into one.
- I made more friends and put more effort into my work
Are all learning communities on campus or are there other options?back to top
A different menu of learning communities are offered each semester. For the spring 2010 semester, the learning community Through the Looking Glass: Visions of the Future will be offered both as a hybrid learning community (some of the course is held on the Bedford campus and some is held online) and as a fully online learning community.
Will I get the same grade for both courses?back to top
Learning community faculty determine the grading policies for the individual courses that make up the learning community. The grading policies will be outlined in the syllabus.
Are all learning communities 6 credits?back to top
Currently, learning communities are 6 credits. Our learning communities are continually growing, so keep checking for the latest list!
Can I take more than one learning community?back to top
If you meet the course prerequisites and can fit two learning communities into your schedule, go for it!
How are linked and fully integrated learning communities different?back to top
- Fully integrated learning communities join two or more team-taught courses as if they were one larger class.
- Linked learning communities thematically connect two separate courses through shared assignments and activities and the faculty meet outside of class to coordinate.
How do I know which learning community is for me?back to top
Speak with your academic advisor to choose a learning community that fits your program requirements, your schedule and your learning style,
How can I find the learning communities in MiddleNet?back to top
Once you are in MiddleNet, go to the Class Schedule icon. After you have selected the term (e.g., fall), go to the Subject drop-down menu and look for Learning Communities. Click Class Search. The list of currently available learning communities will display on your screen.
Where can I find them in the printed class schedule?back to top
In the printed Semester Advising Guide, learning communities are included in several places:
- In the course listing under the heading Learning Communities
- Each course that makes up a learning community is listed with all sections of that course. For example, ENG 101 English Composition I courses that are part of a learning community will indicate the name of the learning community and the course it is paired with.
- In a promotional ad that lists all of the learning communities offered during the semester
Is taking a learning community the same as taking two regular classes?back to top
No, the two classes are integrated into one theme that ties the two subjects together into one seamless course.
Why should I take a learning community instead of taking the two courses?back to top
- You will be more likely to stay in school, do well in your courses, and achieve your goals.
- You will learn and study with the same group of students.
- You will earn credits for two courses.
- You will form partnerships and teams that will learn together in a dynamic environment and build a sense of community
- You will make connections between subjects via an interdisciplinary approach
- You, your classmates and your faculty members will work together in a supportive environment
Do we get a break when the classes are combined?back to top
Yes! You get a chance to grab a snack and stretch.