18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Learning communities co-enroll small groups of students in two or more courses with mutually reinforcing themes and assignments. They are designed to give students "opportunities for deeper understanding and integration of the material they are learning, and more interaction with one another and their teachers as fellow participants in the learning enterprise" (Gabelnick et al., 1990). National research studies, as well as Medaille College’s own experience with learning communities, show that the active, participatory team environment that learning communities promote make learning easier and more rewarding. All new freshmen at the Buffalo Campus participate in first-year learning communities. While learning communities are used in other contexts at Medaille College, they are embedded in the first-year undergraduate experience because they help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are foundational for success in College. Some of the benefits of learning communities include:
In addition to promoting the benefits that are being realized by campuses across the nation, first-year learning communities at Medaille College include special features that not only enrich classroom learning but also extend student learning beyond the classroom. Themes are carefully connected to larger issues in the local, regional, and global communities, and Community 101 projects featured in the first-year learning communities move students outside the classroom to engage in real-world problem solving. Additionally, students have several opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities that are explicitly linked to the themes of the courses and the community-based projects on which they are working.
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.