Learning Communities

The first year experience at UW-Milwaukee is defined by connecting students both inside and outside of the classroom. Through the Access to Success initiative, interventions such as Peer Mentoring, Tutoring, First Year Seminars, Supplemental Instruction, and Undergraduate Research have led to greater student success and retention. It is the goal of the Learning Communities (LC) to develop a learning environment that combines effective instructional methods, co-curricular learning and events and High Impact Practices to lead to academic success and stronger connections to campus for first semester students. Once a course has been deemed a LC, it will be marketed to incoming first year students at New Student Orientation with the recommendation that all students enroll in at least one LC. Due to the rich diversity of the UWM students, it is the goal to offer a variety of LC options.

If you have any questions about Learning Communities, please contact Keri Duce, Assistant Director of Student Success at klduce@uwm.edu or 414-229-2998.

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Definition of a Learning Community

• Enroll only first-time, first-year students.

 
• Employ high impact practices, including a team approach with mentors, instructors and possibly advisors connecting with the course and student community.

• Establish and assess common curricular and co-curricular learning outcomes.

• Create an academic environment that fosters a successful transition into college life.

 

Types of Learning Communities:

First Year Seminars- They are smaller in size and broader in scope and intended to enhance student skills (inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication) and engage you in reflection about the process of learning at the college level. More information can be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/freshmanseminars/.

Intro to Profession- A course all students in a specific major or school/college are required to take their first semester. It may introduce student to the discipline as well as the school/college expectations.

First Year Impact Section- A first year only section or lab that is part of a larger lecture class. A FYIS may also be a course that is denoted as freshmen only in the schedule of classes.

Paired Courses - Two different courses with the same students and shared content.

Other- Current examples include Study Skills, Career Exploration, Financial Literacy, and Information Literacy.

Living Learning Communities- Students take one or more courses together and live in a residence hall together. A separate process occurs for LLCs. For more information, see www.llc.uwm.edu.


Learning Community Documents:

Learning Community Expectations

Learning Community Syllabus Examples
Learning Community Course Agreement
Fall 2013 Learning Community Offerings


Living Learning Communities (LLC)

What is an LLC?

An LLC is a group of students with a common interest that live on the same floor and take at least one class together. They are assigned a Resident Assistant and a mentor typically with the same major or interest. LLCs are available in Cambridge Commons, RiverView and Sandburg Halls. More information about the Residence Hall is available at www.UniversityHousing.uwm.edu.

When do LLCs occur?

LLC activities and classes occur throughout your first year at UWM. You have access to field trips, events, lectures and networking opportunities with faculty in addition to a smaller class size and more individual attention.

Why should I join an LLC?

  • Meet students with similar interests to study, eat and hang out
  • Get involved on campus and gain leadership experience
  • Meet a diverse group of students
  • Challenge yourself to learn more
  • Get to know faculty and staff
  • Apply what you’re learning in and outside of the classroom
  • Join study groups, receive additional tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • Increase service learning and volunteer opportunities
  • Learn more about topics of interest


Topics for 2012-13 LLCs

  • American Sign Language
  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Beyond Borders: International
  • Business Panthers
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Community Leadership
  • Career Quest (undecided)
  • Dance Foundations
  • Engineering House for CEAS Majors
  • Film, Video, Animation & New Genres
  • Global Village
  • Health Professions
  • Honors House
  • Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies
  • Lab Rats
  • Music Community
  • Panther Military, Veterans & ROTC
  • School of Rock
  • Social Justice
  • Social Welfare
  • Superheroes: Strengths for Success
  • Transfer Community
  • Wisconsin Covenant Scholars
  • Writing and Visual Culture
Want to learn more about LLCs? Check out www.LLC.uwm.edu or email Keri Duce at klduce@uwm.edu.