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Living Learning Communities

Living-Learning Defined
In its most fundamental form, a living-learning community consists of students who: a) live in a specially-themed residence hall (or an intentionally clustered portion of the hall), and b) participate in academically and intellectually engaging learning activities designed specifically for them. The philosophy supporting living-learning is grounded in the belief that learning is an active and dynamic process that occurs both inside and outside the classroom, using a number of frameworks and modalities to learn.

Successful living-learning programs are designed to:

  • Facilitate student interaction with faculty, in either an informal or structured manner
  • Promote student-to-student interaction through collaborative learning experiences and peer mentoring efforts
  • Promote a learning-centered, student-first culture with easily accessible and convenient academic and student support functions
  • Promote deeper learning and understanding of curricular and co-curricular concepts

What advantages are there to becoming involved in a living-learning program?

Although not an all-inclusive list, living-learning programs provide an opportunity for faculty to:

  • Interact with students in an informal, out-of-classroom setting
  • Introduce new programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning
  • Conduct research and scholarly activity (in advance of potential publishing)
  • Provide supplemental instruction or tutorial assistance for difficult courses
  • Seek a sense of professional rejuvenation by practicing a varied approach to teaching
  • Implement initiatives intended to increase student retention for a specific academic program
  • Be seen by students and colleagues as an advocate for innovative approaches to student learning
  • Utilize Learning Support Space in the new Suites for pedagogical activities
  • Promote a stronger collaborative working relationship between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
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