Learning communities uniting students
The new Thematic Learning Communities are under way
for fall 2003.
A TLC typically is composed of a group of 20 students who live on the
same floor of a residence hall and take two general education courses
and a “bridging seminar” that focus on a particular theme.
TLCs are designed to connect students to a community of peers and faculty
united through academics.
Eleven TLCs have been organized with more than 125 participants. The 2004-05
academic year promises to be even larger.
This year’s participating schools and departments include aerospace
engineering, allied health, biological sciences, College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, communication studies (leadership studies), Freshman-Sophomore
Advising Center, humanities and Western civilization, psychology, and
theatre and film.
Faculty members interested in interdisciplinary teaching can use TLCs
as an opportunity to explore connections among courses and fields of study
without creating new courses or abandoning existing ones. The one-hour
bridging seminar gives teachers the opportunity to explore ways to create
learning that draws from the two related courses.
Proposals are being accepted for the 2004-05 academic year. Contact Linda
Dixon, interim TLC coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about TLCs is available at www.tlc.ku.edu.