What is a Learning Community?
A learning community (LC) is a small group of students who take two or more common courses. Some learning communities that live in the residence halls are called residential learning communities. The Aerospace Engineering Learning Community is non-residential, meaning that students involved do not have a common living space. This learning community has common academic courses that students take preparing them for their second year of college and beyond. A learning community give students an opportunity to interact with others who have similar academic interests, to learn together, and to enhance their experience at Iowa State.
Peer mentors are upper class students who serve as advisors to LC teams. Peer mentors work with LC teams on class projects, guiding students in good decision-making and in learning how to work together. They assist organizing study teams and coach their younger peers in time management, productive study habits, and using university resources. They provide a voice of experience and can consult with students individually.
Benefits of a Learning Community
Ten years of learning community research at Iowa State has shown students who are involved in learning communities are more likely to continue their education at Iowa State and are more satisfied with their academic experience.
They’ll tackle professional skills early in the college career through the learning community by:
- Building project management skills
- Developing heightened critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Strengthening teamwork and leadership skills
- Cultivating communication skills
Being in a learning community can help students manage their schedule and time by providing structure and building connections with classmates, but it won’t take away from their free time. Three hours a week on average can be expected.
With the guidance of peer mentors, friendships with other Aerospace Engineering students, and a supportive study atmosphere, students benefit from being in the learning community.
For More Information
Contact one of our advisors for more information.