Learning Communities

Contact Information
El Paso Hall, Room 056
Coordinator: Kathleen Stephens
Phone: 972-238-6938

Learning Communities are programs in which a group or cohort of students enroll in two courses organized around a common theme, project, or objective.

What are the benefits to students? Students will

  1. Enjoy great instructors and interesting topics
  2. Get to know each other and form close friendships
  3. Easily transition into college
  4. Engage more deeply with the course theme or emphasis

The combination of students from different backgrounds and faculty from different disciplines leads to greater understanding of the diversity of knowledge. Students will be more active participants in Learning Community classes with guidance from the faculty team.

Richland College offers currently two types of Learning Communities:

  1. COORDINATED STUDIES – The faculty in both courses in the Learning Community work together with all students enrolled in both the classes within the Learning Community focused on a common theme to learn more about the specific disciplines and how they relate to each other. Two faculty members team teach together in the same classroom at the same time in the two coordinated courses. Students are concurrently enrolled in both courses that are part of the learning community.
  2. LINKED COMMUNITIES – The faculty in both classes in the Linked Community work together to help students find commonalities between the disciplines. Two faculty members teach separately in credit hour courses which are linked to one another. Faculty members do not teach in the same classroom at the same time. Students are concurrently enrolled in both courses that are part of the learning community.