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Winter Learning Communities Pilot Project - Call for faculty/course participation

Author: Dave Decker

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

Category: News and Notices

This is a general call for any first-year courses that would like to be involved in a pilot offering for a Winter Term Learning Communities program.  

For those unfamiliar, the program's main objective is to ease students’ academic and social integration to UNB Saint John. The UNBSJ Learning Communities program is a collection of “learning to learn” sessions that are delivered outside of the regular class time.  The Learning Communities program is coordinated through Student Services and is led by students who have been hired and trained as Learning Community Leaders.

The program is open to all first-year students, or those who are new to UNB, and provides opportunities to network as well as discover learning style, how to use campus resources and transition to university.

In the fall we focused on:

Social Integration
Academic transition and integration
Meta-learning (learning how to learn)
Self-care and Stress management
Career and life outcomes. 

Where you come in:  The program uses bonus marks in an academic course as a way to engage students—those who complete a minimum number of the delivered modules can then opt to receive the marks in one of the participating first-year courses (this is where we look for faculty and course participation).  

This winter we will launch a four-session pilot of the Learning Communities over 8 weeks.  The program itself will take a deeper dive into some of the topics we covered this fall—in particular, we will include sessions on writing in University, memorization strategies, and a session on the topic of Undergraduate research.  

Would you be interested in taking part, if you are teaching courses at the first-year level?  If so, would you be willing to award three bonus marks for participation in three sessions and four points for students who complete all four sessions of the winter pilot?   (note that courses at the second-year level that have first-year students enrolled are also eligible)

There is no extra work for you, we track attendance of students.  Those who complete three or four sessions can then select one of the participating courses in which they would receive their bonus marks (they cannot use the bonus marks to pass a course in which they would fail).  All of the logistics are handled by Student Services and the list of students who have opted to receive bonus marks in your course(s) would be forward at the end of the term (prior to the end of exams).

What to do if you are interested:


Dr. Dave Decker

Manager of Student Success

If you are interested in hearing more, or participating in the program, please let me know and I will arrange a time to meet with you (or respond to your questions as they arise).  

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