A learning community (LC) is a group of students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience around their academics. Participants in a LC develop a deeper understanding of the courses’ subject matter while they build relationships and learn together outside of the classroom.
There are five objectives for the LC program at Ohio University:
The objectives, have been/are being met through the following programmatic elements:
In most learning communities, students are enrolled in two required general education courses as well as a freshman seminar.
Learning communities within our Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry areas partner a peer-led tutoring lab (PLTL) with some of the more difficult science courses.
For University College undecided students, the instructor for the freshman seminar may also serve as the academic advisor. Some of our learning communities are residentially-based, which means that participating students not only take courses in common but also live in either the same residence hall or the same residential area of campus.
Learning communities at Ohio University are a collaborative effort between University College, the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Research, the Office of Information Technology, the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Scripps College of Communication, the Patton College of Education, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Health Sciences and Professions.