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ABE Learning Community
What is a learning community?
A learning community is a small group of 10 to 15 students, mostly freshmen, that are a community of learners within the larger community of the university. They share classes and/or living spaces. They participate in cooperative learning activities and often develop close friendships.
Why be in a learning community?
Learning communities help you make the adjustment to college academic life, providing a support system of linked classes and peer mentors that lay the foundation for your success at Iowa State and beyond.
Youll have contact with students who have similar academic goals and share common courses. Here are just a few other reasons to be in the ABE Learning Community:
- Simplified course registration process (reduced course conflicts)
- Participation in the department club and/or other organizations
- Leadership development
- Exposure to international and diversity issues
- Special programs to acquaint students with campus life
- Collaborative learning in learning community classes
Whats so special about the ABE Learning Community?
The ABE Learning Community is one of the top learning communities on campus! Two of the leaders of the ABE LC were awarded ISUs Outstanding Innovations Award in recognition of outstanding and effective cross-disciplinary faculty collaboration and on-going assessment for the ABE Learning Community for 2001.
This recognition is but a sign of the great things were doing for students in the ABE Learning Community, such as:
- linked courses, for example, where the writing you do in your 1st year composition courses is about your major in engineering or technology
- learner-centered classes
- faculty and peer mentoring
- students mentoring each other
- involvement in the Ag & Biosystems Engineering department right from the start of your college career
- guidance about curriculum options
- career exploration
- a living community option
- faculty-staff-student social activities
- tutoring for math and science courses
- a learning community for freshmen and sophomores
How do we know that the ABE Learning Community really works?
We know were doing good things because the students tell us so. We conduct on-going assessment to make sure that were doing a good job and meeting our objectives. For more information on the ABE Learning Community impact, visit the LC Impact page.
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