Broward College is working to improve students’ awareness of general education learning outcomes and the relevance of these outcomes within their projected career paths. As a means to further engage students in their studies, we are offering different types of contextualized courses and learning communities.
Contextualized Course is a class that offers learning activities and assignments themed for students’ projected career paths. For instance, in a Freshman Composition class, you may be asked to write an argumentative essay based on an issue impacting your future career, or in a math course, your instructor may have you focus on equations set in scenarios about your future career.
Learning Communities (LCs),
also called "cohorts," are ideal if you prefer a team approach to learning both in and out of the classroom where you, your classmates and teachers work closely together. Broward College offers the following Learning Communities:
Concept Themed Learning Communities are two or more classes that connect their curriculum by sharing learning activities themed on topics intended to engage students’ personal interests. Past LCs have been thematically based on Food, Sustainability, and the Apocalypse.
Pathway Themed Learning Communities are learning communities where the curriculum of two or more contextualized classes are combined by share learning activities and assignments themed for students’ projected career path. One of the biggest appeals of a pathway themed learning community is that it offers the chance to link several disciplines at once to your academic pathway of study.
The Concept Themed Learning Communities and the Pathway Themed Learning Communities may be offered in
paired classroom format. A
Linked Learning Community is comprised of two or more courses with a common cohort of students under a common theme, where the activities and assignments created influenced by the studies and lesson given within all courses linked within the community. A
Paired Learning Community involves two or more courses under a common theme; however, these courses do not share a common group of students. The instructors teaching in a paired community created activities and assignments that promote the interaction of the different student groups enrolled in all courses paired within the community.
The purpose of Broward College's learning communities and contextualized course program is tied to and supportive of the broader institutional goals and the college's strategic plan for student success, which include improvement of enrollment, term-to-term retention, and time-to-degree completion. The goals of the contextualized courses and LCs are aligned with the college competencies, including critical thinking, effective communication, ethical reasoning, global self-awareness, information literacy, and mathematical and scientific reasoning.
Why should I participate in a Learning Community or a Contextualized Course?