The learning communities proposal process is designed to:
- Help faculty develop Learning Communities outlines that clearly identify content, outcomes, and assessment while maintaining academic freedom
- Support college curricula that meet student needs and the college mission
- Ensure that consistent and accurate Learning Communities information is recorded in a timely manner
- Meet the institutional obligation to maintain current and accurate course documentation
- Help faculty link outcomes with assessment at the course level
The committee assumes that proposals with faculty and dean signatures indicate that a learning community is a supported and desired addition to the curriculum.
- Obtain approval from your division Dean before submitting the proposal. For workforce education Learning Communities, get approval from the Executive Dean for Workforce Education as well.
- For Coordinated Studies Programs (CSPs) Learning Communities, a course number will now be selected at the LCC Proposal Meeting (2 weeks after the proposal deadline date)
- Contact Information Technology Services (934-4344) to be sure they can provide the computing resources needed for this learning community.
- Notify the library to be sure needed information resources (books, periodicals, online databases, etc.) are available.
Teaching in an integrated model can be both exciting and challenging. Seattle Central provides ongoing support for instructional teams teaching in the integrated IBEST model in the following ways:
- The BTS dean will call collaborative meetings of the teaching team, content area deans, and Student Development Specialist for Transitions and IBEST (SDS) during the initial planning phase. The group will discuss the approach to team teaching, how to align content and skills, as well as ideas for student assessment.
- The BTS dean will coordinate with faculty, other deans, and SDS in order to complete and submit the required SBCTC application.
- The BTS dean will forward to faculty all upcoming trainings on team teaching and contextualized instruction that are offered through SBCTC.
- Faculty are encouraged to continue meeting regularly as a teaching team during the quarter. Part-time faculty are eligible for a stipend for five hours of time each quarter as an honorarium for the time and effort invested in making the model work.
- For IBESTs running for the first time, a meeting is held within the first three weeks of the quarter as an early check-in with the deans, faculty, and SDS as a way to address any identified challenges and offer support.
- The SDS schedules a mid-quarter check in meeting with the faculty to see how students are progressing and offer individualized support based on teacher recommendations.
- For new IBESTs, a post-quarter debrief meeting is held to reflect on the experience, review any relevant and available data, and discuss changes that may need to happen before the next offering.
Interface with the Learning Communities Committee:
- At each spring LCC meeting, the SDS will provide the annual plan for IBEST offerings in the coming academic year. The SDS will also provide any changes/updates for program plans that may happen mid-year.
- At each fall LCC meeting, the SDS will share any available data and feedback from the previous year’s IBESTs
- In lieu of the LCC application, the BTS dean can share the approved SBCTC IBEST application with the LCC chair.
- If IBEST faculty identify challenges with team teaching or integration, the BTS dean will suggest a meeting with either the LCC chair or the LCC as a whole as a way to share challenges and hear ideas.
- Faculty should plan on participating in the annual spring debrief and sharing session hosted by the LCC for integrated teaching teams (typically hosted in the 10th week of spring quarter)
For more information about Learning Communities proposals:
- LCC Chair, Greg Hinckley (206-934-5308) or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to submit: By the deadline, prepare both paper and electronic copies of:
1. Proposal for Learning Communities, completed and saved with a file name that follows this pattern: LCE_yourlastname.doc. Also include a printed copy with faculty and dean signatures.
Submit the required forms to the Learning Communities Committee Chair, Greg Hinckley (email@example.com) by 4 p.m. on the deadline for review during the same quarter.
You are encouraged to attend the learning communities review meeting to expedite the review. Contact the committee chair if you plan to attend. The chair will contact you within two weeks responding to your Learning Community proposal.