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Learning Communities

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a learning community?
Learning communities combine two or more classes from different disciplines or areas of study. The same group of
students is enrolled in all the courses in the community. The instructors plan the courses together to help students
make connections between course content and to manage the workload for students. The result is an enhanced
learning experience for everyone.

Q: Why should I take a learning community course?
Because learning communities are created to benefit students: Enjoy a supportive community environment in
which to learn, building friendships with your peers, and develop a stronger relationship with your teaching
faculty.

Q: Can taking a learning community benefit me once the courses are over?
Yes! Long-term studies of learning communities show that participating students increase their levels of academic
and social achievement, experience deeper and more meaningful learning, improve their ability to communicate
and work in a group environment, and strengthen skills that transfer to their lives beyond the college.

Q: How are learning communities designed?
Learning communities (LCs) are designed with students in mind. Some LCs are created around themes that will
both interest and challenge students; a theme is the subject of discussion that unifies the discussion and work in
the course. Other LCs are created to meet the academic needs of various student groups around campus. For
example, some LCs are designed for students pursuing a particular degree, for returning students, or for students
transitioning from high school to the college level.

Q: Are there learning communities for students in the Honors Program?
Yes! While honors students are welcome to enroll in a variety of learning communities, Honors-specific learning
communities are offered every semester. (Learn more about the Honors Program and The International Honors Society of two-year colleges, PTK!)

Q: Where can I see the schedule of learning community offerings?
You can visit www.delta.edu/learningcommunities to see a PDF of offerings. Flyers are also available in the
Counseling/Advising Office, located in D-102 of Delta College’s main campus. You may also contact the Learning Communities
Program Coordinator, Betheen Glady-Teschendorf, at betheengladyteschend@delta.edu.

Q: How do I register for a learning community?
Log in to MyDelta and use the “Register/Search for Classes” feature to search for any one course in the learning
community. Register for just one of the courses in the learning community, and you’ll be registered automatically
for both! Prefer to get face-to-face help with your schedule? See an academic advisor.

Q: Can I register for part, but not all, of the courses included in a particular learning community?
No. Learning community courses are offered as a package; that means the instruction and the assignments are
coordinated. Students can not complete the required course work or benefit from all necessary instruction unless
they are enrolled in all the courses in the learning community.

Q: Once I am registered for a learning community, can I drop part, but not all, of the classes?
Students must maintain enrollment in all courses in the Learning Community; if a student is dropped from one
course in the learning community, he or she also will be dropped from all other courses in the learning community.
Being dropped from a learning community after the start of the semester may have a significant impact on your
academic status and/or financial aid. Attending classes is important to your success at the college. A student may
drop one course within the learning community only with the permission of all instructors.


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