Proposals for the 2017 NLCC Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois are being accepted now through April 15, 2017.
"Get Connected: Fostering Integrative Learning through Learning Communities" Fostering students’ abilities to not only make connections among ideas and experiences, but also to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus are increasingly important goals of higher education. Learning Communities, by their very nature, seem an especially well-suited means to these ends. The 2017 National Learning Communities Conference seeks to explore the many ways in which Learning Communities can help students to meaningfully integrate their learning with their lives. College and university faculty, staff, administrators, and students are encouraged to submit proposals for presentation in the following tracks:
Issues include, but are not limited to: What kinds of Learning Communities should be offered to students? Which students? When? What courses should be linked in Learning Communities?PEDAGOGY:
Issues include, but are not limited to: What does integrative teaching look like in a Learning Community? What classroom activities or assignments best help students to make connections within their Learning Community and beyond? How can experiential strategies—like problem-based learning, service learning, study abroad, internships, etc.—be integrated into Learning Communities?FACULTY RECRUITMENT AND DEVELOPMENT:
Issues include, but are not limited to: Who should (and shouldn’t) teach a Learning Community? How can the best instructors be recruited to teach a Learning Community? What Workshops best help faculty learn to teach connection making?ADMINISTRATION:
Issues include, but are not limited to: What are the best ways to begin a Learning Communities Program on campus? How? When is it time to grow an existing Learning Communities Program? How? Should Learning Communities be integrated into campus culture? How? What can be learned from recent Learning Communities assessment?STUDENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS:
Presentations will highlight examples of integrative assignments. Students will be on-hand to discuss their work and to reflect on the value of integrative learning. Poster session will be held Saturday November 11, 2017.