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Learning Communities

Communities bring people together for shared learning, discovery, and the generation of knowledge. Within a learning community, all participants take responsibility for achieving the learning goals.   Most important, learning communities are the process by which individuals come together to achieve learning goals.  Learning communities can be comprised of any set of learners, although here we concentrate on student learning communities.

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New Era LCs

National Resource Center, Washington Center

This site describes the New Era Learning Communities initiative at Evergreen State College.

Integrated Learning Communities

Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction

This site provides an explanation of learning communities and then also provides some examples and guidelines for setting them up.

Seed to Sustainability: Gardening Learning Communities

Learning Communities Initiative, Ohio Learning Network

This is a great site for learning how to plan and manage a learning community.  There are a lot of additional resources available.

Basic Learning Community Principles and Guidelines

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University of Wisconsin

This article provides four core ideas for learning communities as well as a developmental framework.

Learning Communities - Coordinator Resource Manual

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University

This guide provides resources and guidelines that would be helpful to anyone trying to organize a learning community.