Academic & Student Affairs

Create learning communities

Feeling part of a group is important for a successful time 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 every weekend and have increasing work commitments outside University.  Students also benefit when they are able to support 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.

Ways to do this:

  • Group projects
  • Online discussion forums
  • Sharing feedback
  • Discussing assessment criteria
  • Student mentors
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.