A learning community is a combination of courses linked together around a common topic or theme with assignments that cut across courses. A learning community is one educational model that serves to enhance teaching and learning. Instructors and counselors work together to design new ways to teach students in learning communities with ongoing collaboration and cross-instruction throughout the semester. This faculty “team” approach complements the educational experience in a way that connects learning across subjects.
Why does Delaware Technical Community College offer learning communities?
Studies across the nation have shown learning communities improve learning and student success. While that’s reason enough, students also say they get to know their classmates and instructors better, and they enjoy the classes more than “stand alone” courses. Research indicates students persist in college if the learning experience is meaningful, deeply engaging and relevant to their lives. By offering learning communities, Delaware Tech is demonstrating its commitment to creating a culture of student success.
- Make good friends
- Jump right into campus life
- Build supportive relationships with your peers and instructors
- Learn more, and have fun doing it
- Get better grades
- Fulfill your degree requirements
By registering for a Delaware Tech Learning Community!
Featured Learning Communities
- Courses: BIO120, ENG101, SSC100
Description: This community is the perfect place for incoming nursing students! Students will be able to complete their entry-level English and A&P coursework while being supported by a nursing instructor who will teach the first-year experience course specifically geared towards student success in the nursing program. Come and learn the bare bones of nursing student essentials in the fun and supportive atmosphere of an LC!
Location offered: Dover campus
Fueling Up for Success in College and Careers
- Courses: AUT114, SSC101
Description: This 4-credit learning community gives students an introduction to their potential career path in Automotive Technology while the support course teaches them about making informed career decisions.
Location offered: Stanton campus
- Courses: EXS225, EXS230
Description: This 8-credit learning community is offered for students enrolled in the Exercise Science program. The courses include EXS225: Advanced Exercise Testing and EXS230: Health Fitness Instruction. In this learning community students learn techniques for assessing cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength, and pulmonary capacity. Safety guidelines and precautions are emphasized. This community presents the information covered in the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor certification examination as well as the scientific foundations of physical activity and fitness, nutrition, body composition, weight management, components of fitness, exercise prescription, and exercise programming.
Location offered: Wilmington campus
Mind over Media: Exploring Critical Thinking and Psychology through Movies and Media.
- Courses: PSY 121, ENG 101
Description: This learning community was designed with today’s 20th-century students “in mind.” During this 6-credit learning community, students will engage with various forms of media - including movies, TV shows, and other digital content - to explore critical thinking techniques and gain an understanding of basic psychological principles. While participating in a variety of activities, students will learn how to analyze and respond to today’s constant stream of information and will never look at media the same way again.
Location offered: Georgetown campus
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"The learning community helps make connections with others. It takes away the fear that you are there alone because you know someone."
Vanessa Ortiz and Abigail Castaneda | "Think Before You Teach" learning community
"Both classes interacted with each other. In my English class we got to write about what we were learning in the agriculture class."
Kayla Meredith | "Planning an Agribusiness the Write Way and Adventures in Agriculture" learning community
"The learning community was interesting because we ran weather simulations on our computer model to determine ways the school could save on energy costs. The work we did is identical to what we could be doing in the real world as a career."
Jake Biggs | "Building Specialist" learning community
"The Learning Community was an amazing way to start my journey at Delaware Tech. It gave me the support I needed from other students and a sense of belonging. Now I encourage other students to look into a Learning Community."
Tearsha Morin | "Communication and the Path to Justice" learning community
"The Learning Community I was in combined English and Agricultural Business. The instructors would look at both the grammar and content of my reports. It made it easier for me to learn the material. I think there should be even more Learning Community courses available."
Loren Harmon | "Adventures in Agriculture" learning community