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Title: Living Learning Communities Overview


1
Living Learning Communities Overview
  • Jerry Olson
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Andrew Beckett
  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • July 18, 2006

2
Outline
  • What are Living Learning Communities (LLCs)?
  • Origins and Philosophical Foundations
  • History at Miami
  • Benefits
  • Challenges
  • Reflection Questions

3
What are Living Learning Communities?
4
Structures
  • Curricular
  • Coordinated Studies (Evergreen St.)
  • FIGs (U of Oregon) Linked Courses (Iowa St.)
  • Federated/Block Courses (Seattle Comm. Coll)
  • FYE (USC)

5
Structures
  • Residential
  • Theme housing (e.g. Substance Free Floors)
  • Academic (Interdisciplinary or major focused)
  • Student Created (Miami University)
  • Residential Curricular
  • Residential colleges (Rice, Harvard, MSU)
  • FIGs (Iowa State)
  • Connections (Ball St.)

6
Philosophical underpinnings
  • Holistic/integrated approach
  • Peer to peer interaction
  • Faculty-student interaction
  • Highly differentiated environments (a.k.a.
    commonality of purpose)
  • Involvement

7
Core Practices
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Integration
  • Active Learning
  • Reflection and Assessment
  • Smith, B., et. al. (2004). Learning Communities
    Reforming undergraduate education.

8
Origins
  • Meiklejohn
  • Experimental College
  • UW Madison 1927-32
  • Harvard Houses (1929) and Yale Colleges (1931)
    Edward Harkness
  • Tussman
  • Experiment at Berkeley
  • Berkeley 1965-69
  • Evergreen State (early 70s)
  • University of Oregon FIGs (1982)
  • Adopted by many institutions in the early nineties

9
Student Learning Imperative(ACPA, 1993)
  • The concepts of learning, personal
    development and student development are
    inextricably intertwined and inseparable. Higher
    education traditionally has organized its
    activities into academic affairs (cognitive
    development) and student affairs (affective or
    personal development).

10
  • However this dichotomy has little relevance to
    post-college life, where the quality of ones job
    performance, family life and community activities
    are all highly dependent on cognitive and
    affective skills.

11
History at Miami
  • 1929 Live-in faculty begin to conduct academic
    advising in the residence halls
  • 1974 The Western College Program was
    established
  • 1983 The beginning of Focused Learning
    Communities (FLC), precursor to Theme Learning
    Communities, in conjunction with the Honors
    Department
  • 1983-1992 International Living Learning Center
    and Health Enhancement Lifestyle Management
    Programs were established
  • 1993 German Language Floor, Residential Service
    Learning, Academic Excellence Floor (precursor to
    the Scholastic Enhancement Program), Fine Arts
    Interest Floor (precursor to the Celebrate the
    Arts Program), Cooperative Living/Learning Center
    (no longer in existence), and the Business Floor
    (no longer in existence), were all established
  • 1995 Women in Math, Science, Engineering was
    established
  • 1996 Scholar Leader Program and Leadership,
    Excellence, Community were established

12
History at Miami
  • 1997 Mosaic Individuality and Diversity was
    established in conjunction with the College of
    Arts and Science
  • 1998 Celebrate the Arts was established in
    conjunction with the School of Fine Arts
  • 1999 Courses in Common was established (first
    known as Federated Learning Community)
  • 2001 Record 53 of first-year students and 12
    of upperclass students chose to participate in
    Theme Learning Communities
  • 2001 Addition of the French Language Floors
  • 2003 Addition of the Environmental Awareness
    Program and the Technology and Society Program
  • 2004 Addition of the Chinese Language Floors
  • 2006 Addition of the Spanish Language Floors

13
Miami UniversityContext of LLCs
  • Public, residential institution with a strong
    academic reputation
  • Approximately 16,000 students on Oxford campus
  • Undergraduate liberal arts focus on principles
    of thinking critically, understanding contexts,
    engaging with other learners, and reflecting and
    acting (Miami Plan Principles)
  • Six divisionsArts Science, Business, Education
    Allied Professions, Engineering Applied
    Science, Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mission of LLCs at Miami
  • create and extend student learning opportunities
    outside of the classroom
  • integrate curricular with co-curricular
    experiences
  • foster faculty and resident interaction
  • enhance both intellectual and personal growth of
    the residents

14
Miamis LLCs 2006-2007
  • Celebrate the Arts
  • Chinese Language Floors
  • Communities of Inquiry (Honors and Scholars)
  • Environmental Awareness Program
  • French Language Floors
  • German Language Floors
  • Health Enhancement Lifestyle Management (HELM)
  • International Living Learning Community

15
Miamis LLCs 2006-2007
  • Leadership, Excellence Community
  • Mosaic
  • Scholastic Enhancement Program
  • Spanish Language Floors
  • Student Created Programming
  • Technology and Society
  • Western College Program
  • Women in Science Disciplines, Engineering, and
    Mathematics (WiSDEM)

16
Why LLCs?
  • Who benefits and how?

17
LLC Benefits for Faculty/Staff
  • Offers a means for professional rejuvenation
  • Provides an opportunity for faculty development
    (content and pedagogy)
  • Creates mentoring opportunities
  • Helps faculty/staff better understand students
    via interactions
  • Source Goodsell Love, A. (1999). What are
    learning communities? In J. Levine, (Ed.),
    Learning communities New structures, new
    partnerships for learning (pp. 1-8). Columbia,
    SC National Resource Center for The First-Year
    Experience and Students in Transition, University
    of South Carolina.

18
LLC Benefits for Students
  • Deepens learning through active approach
    collaborative learning, reflection (explicitly
    making links among disciplines), service and
    experiential learning, interdisciplinary inquiry
  • Raises expectations for learning
  • Assists students in making connections to the
    campus and surrounding community
  • Aids in student transition to college and
    retention
  • Increases interaction between students and
    faculty
  • Source Goodsell Love, A. (1999). What are
    learning communities? In J. Levine, (Ed.),
    Learning communities New structures, new
    partnerships for learning (pp. 1-8). Columbia,
    SC National Resource Center for The First-Year
    Experience and Students in Transition, University
    of South Carolina.

19
LLC Benefits for Institution
  • Helps institution make a paradigm shift (move
    from teacher-centered to learning-centered
    strengthens teaching)
  • Sparks greater intellectual interaction between
    students and instructor and between/among
    instructors
  • Provides alternative to traditional approaches
    to general education
  • Is generally cost effective
  • Aids student retention, motivation, and progress
    toward degree
  • Source Goodsell Love, A. (1999). What are
    learning communities? In J. Levine, (Ed.),
    Learning communities New structures, new
    partnerships for learning (pp. 1-8). Columbia,
    SC National Resource Center for The First-Year
    Experience and Students in Transition, University
    of South Carolina.

20
Challenges
  • Partnerships (giving up some control of
    decision-making)
  • Motivating staff (programming wont always be
    fun community is viewed as a process and not
    an outcome)
  • Facility limitations
  • Priorities of faculty and student affairs
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • How do you know you were successful?

21
How do our halls become Living Learning
Communities?
  • How would a visitor know that your hall is an
    LLC?
  • What opportunities will students have to learn
    and grow in their LLC?
  • How are these opportunities different from
    students living in a traditional residence hall?

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What makes a LLC
  • How would a visitor know that your hall is an
    LLC?
  • Visual Indicators
  • Door decs, bulletin boards, etc.
  • Students
  • Who are they?
  • What are they doing?
  • Staff
  • What are they/you doing?
  • What opportunities will students have to learn
    and grow in your LLC? How are these
    opportunities different from students living in a
    traditional residence hall?
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