What is a learning community?

Learning Communities at OHIO

A learning community (LC) is a group of students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience about their academic interests.   Participants in an LC develop a deeper understanding of the courses’ subject matter while they build relationships and learn together outside of the classroom.

In most learning communities, students are enrolled in two required general education courses as well as a freshman seminar. Learning Communities within our Biological Sciences and Chemistry areas partner a peer-led tutoring lab (PLTL) with some of the more difficult science courses.  For University College undecided students, the instructor for the freshman seminar may also serve as the academic advisor.  Some of our learning communities are residentially-based, which means that participating students not only take courses in common but also live in either the same residence hall or the same residential area of campus.

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