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-New Institutional Offerings for CILC Members

CILC is offering a menu of CILC-facilitated Learning Community enhancement opportunities available on site for institutional members and directed by CILC coordinators.


-Webinar Proposals – Learning Communities Association

The Learning Community Associations is accepting webinar proposals.

·        faculty development and workshop ideas

·        program planning

·        evaluating problems in the LC; for instance, how to address social bonding that may create negative experiences in the classroom

·        would like to hear more about the ways institutions have applied what has come from research
training and supporting peer leaders

·        use of common reading texts in LCs

Submit a webinar proposal

For more information please contact:
Dr. Jennifer Leptien, Interim Director of Learning Communities at Iowa State University

Professional Development Committee Chair for the Learning Communities Association

-Join the Learning Communities Association!

Dear Learning Communities Faculty, Administrators, and Staff,

I wish to personally welcome and invite you to join the Learning Communities Association (LCA). Joining is easy and free. Simply visit our webpage at http://www.lcassociation.org/membership.html and click the “Register here” link.

This new association will provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to work towards increasing student success by developing more effective learning communities and continuously striving to improve them. The LCA will provide a platform for greater participation for those who wish to become involved in advancing learning communities. We plan to collaborate with the many organizations that have contributed to the excellent work being done with learning communities including the Washington Center at the Evergreen State College, the National Learning Communities Conference, and each of the state/regional consortia, so we can all benefit and advance learning communities on our individual campuses and for all stakeholders.

We are in the process of developing learning communities webinars for members of the LCA. We also hope to organize regional gatherings for members and to offer virtual meetings, so we can facilitate networking opportunities. Visit our webpage at http://www.lcassociation.org for more information about our plans and to learn about the association. The LCA e-mail address is: LearningCommunitiesAssociation@gmail.com

Our primary goal is to ensure student success through learning communities. We also want to serve as a strong voice that advocates for learning communities throughout higher education while simultaneously promoting research and professional development. The LCA needs your input and involvement so that we can continue advancing the benefits of learning communities.


Carlos Huerta

Juan Carlos Huerta, Ph.D.

President, Learning Communities Association

-2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities

The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University is pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice, led by Mimi Benjamin (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Jody Jessup-Anger (Marquette University), Shannon Lundeen (Elon University), and Cara McFadden (Elon University). This three-summer research seminar facilitates multi-institutional research on types of Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) using a mixed-methods approach to conduct qualitative and quantitative research. We invite interested scholars and practitioners, regardless of discipline, to apply to join a multi-institutional cohort of researchers collaborating to investigate evidence-based, high-quality RLCs.

The research seminar will support multi-institutional research addressing and surrounding this theme over two academic calendar years, with three one-week summer meetings on the Elon University campus. Participants will collaborate on active research over the entire period. These multi-institutional collaborations will enable larger scale studies and explorations of the impact of different institutional contexts.

  • June 25-30, 2017: Participants will meet on Elon’s campus to collaboratively develop and plan multi-institutional research projects to be conducted throughout the following year at the participants’ own institutions. Participants’ research will build on existing literature, and multi-institutional research teams will develop both shared inquiry questions and interventions to use in formative and summative evaluation. Participants will be active researchers over the course of the seminar, and the Center will provide support for learning scholarship of teaching and learning research methods that extend participants’ disciplinary research experience.
  • June 17-22, 2018: Participants will meet to collaboratively analyze data, share their initial multi-institutional results, and plan a more sharply focused research agenda for the research cohort for year two, using data gathered the first year to help develop that agenda.
  • June 16-21, 2019: Participants will reconvene to share their year two results, to plan continuations of their work, and to host a conference on the seminar theme.

Elon University will provide lodging in residence halls and meals for seminar participants during the seminar’s 2017-2019 summer meetings. In addition, each participant will be reimbursed up to $500/year (up to $1000/year for international participants) for travel costs (e.g., airplane tickets, mileage, airport parking, meals in transit) incurred while traveling to the seminar’s summer meetings at Elon University. Full reimbursement policies will be distributed to accepted participants. Other participant expenses, including travel costs above the limit and any research costs, will be paid by the participants and/or their home institutions.

Participants will produce significant, concrete outcomes. Past Center for Engaged Learning research seminars have generated edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters, white papers, and conference presentations – as well as local initiatives on participants’ home campuses. Participants will be well-positioned to use evidence-based assessments of student learning conducted as part of the seminar to inform residential learning communities at their institutions.

The application form is available on the seminar website.
Questions about the 2017-2019 research seminar should be directed to Shannon Lundeen and Cara McFadden at rlc@elon.edu. Questions about the Center for Engaged Learning should be directed to Jessie L. Moore at centerforengagedlearning@elon.edu.