Teaching in a Themed Learning Community
Teaching in a themed learning community (TLC) is an opportunity to engage in a collaborative and interdisciplinary way. Working together, the faculty team provides the direction and curricular connections to support student learning through course materials, assignments, discussions, and out-of-classroom activities. Teaching in a TLC transforms faculty teaching pedagogies and curricular approach and leads to new cross-disciplinary connections.
Faculty teams incorporate these five attributes of themed learning communities in their planning:
- Interdisciplinary theme shapes the design of each themed learning community course.
- Integration of course content in each themed learning community course is intentional; the design of each course encourages integrative thinking in students.
- Out-of-Class activities enhance the academic content, integrative thinking, and exploration of the interdisciplinary theme.
- Active learning strategies are central to each themed learning community course.
- Faculty collaboration fosters an integrative approach to teaching, exploration of the theme, planned out-of-class experiences, and student development.
See the full Themed Learning Communities High-Impact Practice Taxonomy for more details.