NJIT has launched a Learning Communities initiative in Fall 2011. To find out more about Community Connections, Learning Communities at NJIT, please log on to www.njit.edu/communityconnections.
As students transition to university life, their experience is more likely to be positive and successful if they get the support they need. Learning Communities engage students within a network of faculty, advisors, and peer mentors focused on facilitating this transition and enhancing their learning experience. The Learning Community structure embraces assessment and advisement and creates an environment where students can celebrate a common purpose with integrity and civility. Social networking means students will be introduced to teams before the start of their first semester. With the support of team affiliation in their first year, students begin navigation along an academic timeline to graduation. Opportunities for research and service learning projects embedded in this timeline will give greater purpose and understanding to their educational experience.
Dr. Katherine Mayberry provided a brief overview of learning community models, lessons learned, and outcomes. The workshop also gave participants a chance to follow some of the collaborative steps often used in the early stages of learning community program development.