Learning Communities at Delaware Tech

A learning community at Delaware Tech

A learning community is a combination of courses linked together around a common topic or theme with assignments that cut across courses. A learning community is one educational model that serves to enhance teaching and learning.  Instructors and counselors work together to design new ways to teach students in learning communities with ongoing collaboration and cross-instruction throughout the semester. This faculty “team” approach complements the educational experience in a way that connects learning across subjects. Studies across the nation have shown learning communities improve learning and student
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success. While that’s reason enough, students also say they get to know their classmates and instructors better, and they enjoy the classes more than “stand alone” courses. 
Research indicates students persist in college if the learning experience is meaningful, deeply engaging and relevant to their lives. By offering learning communities, Delaware Tech is demonstrating its commitment to creating a culture of student success. 

2016 Learning Communities Summer Institute Keynote Address

Ms. Mary Stuart Hunter
Foundations for Student & Institutional Success video link
On Monday, July 25, Ms. Mary Stuart Hunter gave the keynote address entitled Teaching and Learning: Foundations for Student and Institutional Success at the Learning Communities Summer Institute. Ms. Mary Stuart Hunter is the Senior Fellow for University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and a Faculty Fellow for USCConnect at the University of South Carolina.

 During her 40-year career in higher education, she taught first-year students, upper level undergraduates, and graduate students, while the primary focus of her administrative work was in faculty and staff development designed to help educators improve student learning and program development. Her scholarship centers on various student transition points, academic advising, and faculty development. 

2015 Learning Communities Summer Institute Keynote Address

Marissa Schlesinger
Practices that Promote Student Success video link
On Monday, July 27, Marissa Schlesinger gave the keynote address entitled High Impact Practices that Promote Student Success at the Learning Communities Summer Institute. Marissa Schlesinger taught Art History in the Department of Art at Kingsborough Community College for eight years, and has worked in Kingsborough’s Office of Academic Affairs for five. Since 2012 she has served as Director of Academic Affairs and de facto Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. She directs Kingsborough’s Learning Communities programs, which serve up to 1,400 students each semester, as well as Kingsborough's annual Learning Communities Institute. Through campus visits nationwide, she has worked with numerous two- and four-year colleges to build and strengthen their learning communities programs from the classroom up.  She is on the editorial board of Learning Communities Research and Practice and has been a member of the resource faculty of the Washington Center’s National Summer Institute for Learning Communities. Marissa is also a national speaker on such topics as Collaborative Leadership, Institutional Change, and Program Implementation and Institutionalization.  

Marissa received her B.A. in the Art and Archaeology of the Near East at Smith College, her M.A. in Ancient Studies from the University of Toronto, and is A.B.D. in Egyptology at the University of Toronto. She regularly lectures on ancient Egyptian art and culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This Fall, Marissa joins Guttman Community College, of the City University of New York, as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

For more information and resources for learning communities at your campus please contact one of the following Learning Communities Campus Coordinators:

 Dover  Georgetown  Stanton Wilmington
 Andy Gorlich
(302) 857-1111
Gail Charrier
(302) 259-6516 
Lou Spinelli
(302) 453-3073 
 Liz Kelleher
(302) 571-5388