Erasmus immersion 1
paint ceiling 150
eating together
tongues los locos 150
Erasmus immersion 3
kitchen work 150
New York 150
dudes chatting 560

Benefits of Learning Communities

What is clear from the literature, research, and longitudinal studies is that Learning Communities have a crucial and desirable role in higher education. Some benefits, compiled from multiple resources and research on Learning Communities, are outlined below. These benefits are not mutually exclusive to the three groups identified; in fact, they are quite interdependent.

 Student

  • Raises levels of academic and social achievement
  • Provides opportunities for deeper, more meaningful, and connected learning
  • Creates a practice ground for skill development within a meaningful context. Critical thinking, functioning in a group, negotiation, and communication skills can all thrive
  • Prepares students for work environments during college and after graduation

Faculty and Staff

  • Encourages collaboration among faculty, professional staff, and community partners
  • Allows for exploration within and beyond departments; supports a seamless campus environment
  • Strengthens ties to the University
  • Promotes sharing of resources
  • Supports training and development beyond discipline or area of expertise; in other words, Learning Communities present opportunities for learning about instruction and assessment in order to achieve a learning-centered paradigm

University

  •  Addresses the needs of a 21st century student: we practice what we have learned about learning, teaching, and assessment
  • Aligns higher education with the rapidly changing world
  • Directly serves the mission and vision of USF
  • Improves student retention