Center for Teaching and Learning

Learning Communities Grant

This Learning Communities Grant Application is a process to support faculty who wish to form a learning community.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage the creation of learning communities, which are one of the Promising Practices for Community College Success advocated by the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) while also providing an opportunity for faculty professional development.

At EMCC, a learning community is defined as two or more classes from different disciplines that involve a common cohort of students (i.e., students will experience two or more disciplines through a cohort learning construct.)  There are two kinds of learning communities supported: 

  • Partially-integrated learning communities:  Faculty member is only physically present in her/his own class; two or more classes (cohort students) share common students, class work and assignments.
  • Fully-Integrated learning communities:  Faculty members are physically present in both classes each time they meet; two or more classes (cohort students) share common students, class work and assignments.

All Learning Communities begin in the Fall and are taught for two consecutive semesters.  The proposal process includes time for preparing the learning community, documenting the community, as well as teaching.  See the Timeline below for details.

The full details of a Learning Community Grant are contained in the Learning Community Grant Proposal document, which is linked here.  This document includes

  • The proposal deadline
  • The proposal form with instructions
  • The criteria and rubric used to evaluate the form
  • Learning communities general information sheet, which outlines details such as compensation.

If you would like to consider forming a learning community, please download this document: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_aXoNhLhzMsano5MVVodXpWVXM

Timeline for Learning Community Grants

All learning communities begin in the Fall and are taught for two consecutive semesters.  The proposal process includes time for preparing the learning community, documenting the community, as well as teaching.  The timeline is as follows:

  • At the end of the 2nd week of October, the completed proposal is submitted to the director of the CTL for evaluation by the CTL advisory committee.
  • At the end of the 2nd week of November, notification of the learning community proposal's approval or disapproval is given.
  • If the community is approved, Division Chairs and Faculty build the teaching of the learning community into the following Fall schedule at the end of November.
  • In the Summer preceding the learning community, the participants develop the learning community.
  • In Fall and Spring of the year following the proposal's approval, the learning community is taught.
  • In the Summer following the Spring semester in which the learning community was taught, the participants analyze the data on the community's success.
  • In the Fall after the community has ended, the participants present their findings to the Academic Issue Team.