Book cover for The Faculty Factor: Developing Faculty Engagement with Living Learning Communities
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ISBN: 9781642672534

January 2023

With vignette “The Impact of Experiential Learning” by Tim Knight

A learning curriculum and linked courses are  key elements of LLCs and faculty play an important role in the visions and/or design of these elements. This chapter provides guidance for faculty and residence life leadership as they create courses and develop LLC curricula, as well as for faculty teaching residentially-linked courses. Authors share their experience creating and leading The Data Mine—a large-scale LLC, featuring a curriculum that weaves classroom instruction with hands-on learning—as a case study of a comprehensive curricular design of LLCs.

Discussion Questions

  • Looking broadly at your campus, what are some programs or activities that bridge in-class and out-of-class learning? Specifically, how do existing LLCs currently bridge in-class and out-of-class learning?
  • How can faculty and staff involved with LLCs mentor and guide students’ learning through LLC “syllabus” design, program planning, and reflective activities?
  • What is the role of formal courses in your LLC(s)? Could you connect for-credit or not-for-credit courses with your LLC? Is it helpful? Necessary?