Title

The Liberation of the Learning Community: Engaging Students with Collaborative High Impact Practices

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Academic/ Professional Development - Research

Abstract

How can a college course be rigorous yet reduce student stress and create an interpersonal, fun and exciting environment for students and faculty alike? One way is through teaching your course as a Learning Community. During the Fall of 2018, my English 1101 course was paired with a Psychology 1101 course. Students were more comfortable with each other and with both professors and were also more confident and thoughtful in their assignments and in their research. More creative and multimodal assignments were implemented - such as a Virtual Field Trip assignment, Media Claim Assignment, Sensory Assignment, and Motivation and Personality Assignments - which relied upon interconnected high impact practices that resulted in more introspective students and writing and more meaningful student-centered learning. Can a course become more impactful and enjoyable for students and faculty in more effortless ways? A positive and liberating answer, and semester, can be found through adopting a learning community.

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Presentation

Location

Room 3

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Jan 24th, 4:15 PM Jan 24th, 5:30 PM

The Liberation of the Learning Community: Engaging Students with Collaborative High Impact Practices

Room 3

How can a college course be rigorous yet reduce student stress and create an interpersonal, fun and exciting environment for students and faculty alike? One way is through teaching your course as a Learning Community. During the Fall of 2018, my English 1101 course was paired with a Psychology 1101 course. Students were more comfortable with each other and with both professors and were also more confident and thoughtful in their assignments and in their research. More creative and multimodal assignments were implemented - such as a Virtual Field Trip assignment, Media Claim Assignment, Sensory Assignment, and Motivation and Personality Assignments - which relied upon interconnected high impact practices that resulted in more introspective students and writing and more meaningful student-centered learning. Can a course become more impactful and enjoyable for students and faculty in more effortless ways? A positive and liberating answer, and semester, can be found through adopting a learning community.