Academic & Student Affairs

Create learning communities

 

Create learning communities

  • How do your students learn together?
  • What opportunities are there for student interaction in your courses within and beyond the classroom?
Feeling part of a group is important for success at University. This includes opportunities to interact with staff outside the classroom as well as interaction with other students. Social interaction is more difficult when class sizes are large; students live at home or go home regularly and have increasing work commitments outside University. Students also benefit from supporting each other in their academic study through the development of learning communities. Assessment and feedback practices can help to engender social integration and the development of learning communities.
 Adapted from REAP and the Viewpoints Project e-AFFECT and JISC Logos

 

Some ways to do this... Technologies to consider...
Group tasks Collaboration Tools
Peer review of a draft or final assignment Written Feedback Tools/Collaboration Tools/ Peer to Peer Tools
Group discussion/task around criteria and standards  
Course social space e.g. learning café Collaboration Tools
Course social activities Collaboration Tools
Personal tutor groups Collaboration Tools
Peer mentoring Collaboration Tools/ Peer to Peer Tools

Some Queen’s examples:
HIS1001 History and Historians
In this first semester module, students do a group project.  Some groups use a discussion forum in QOL to manage their project and exchange ideas.