LinC (Learning in Communities)

What is a Learning Community?

Instructor with a goat during a  class field trip

A variety of approaches that link or cluster classes during a given term around an interdisciplinary theme and enroll a common cohort of students.


This represents an intentional restructuring of students' time, credit and learning experiences to build community and foster more explicit connections among students, teachers and disciplines.

  • The same students enroll in the same classes together.
  • The community focuses on a central theme or question that facilitates interdisciplinary study.
  • Courses are team designed and team taught.
  • Multicultural thinking is encouraged and developed to promote inclusive perspectives.
  • Collaborative learning and experiential learning methods are keystones of the pedagogy.


Learning in Communities
Contact: Matt Abrahams
Phone: 408.864.8534

Last Updated: 10/23/10