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What are Learning Communities?

Learning communities means two or more classes that are grouped together. These classes - though they may be different subjects - teach on common themes and values and emphasize the relationships between all the people involved in the academic process - students, faculty, staff - giving everyone the opportunity to strengthen their partnership skills. LC promotes "...ongoing interaction, interplay, and collaboration among the community’s members as they strive for specified common learning goals" (Lenning, et al., 2013, p. 7). Learning as a community doesn't just help you learn better, it provides nessecary experience that applies to many aspects of living. And ultimately, we at Pikes Peak Community College don't just want you to succeed at college - we want you to succeed at life.

Characteristics of a Learning Community

  • Organizing students and faculty into smaller, more personal groups
  • Encouraging meaningful integration and application of the curriculum
  • Helping students establish academic and social support networks
  • Providing a setting for students to socialize appropriately
  • Focusing faculty and students on meaningful learning outcomes
  • Supplementing community-based delivery of academic support programs
  • Offering a critical lens for examining the first-year experience


"The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link 'liberal arts' and 'professional courses'; others feature service learning." - George D. Kuh


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