Developing Post-pandemic Learning Community on an Urban Commuter Campus

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


This evidence-based practice paper presents our multiple-pronged approach to develop a post-pandemic learning community in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology on an urban commuter campus. College students' sense of community has been directly linked to their persistence, satisfaction with the university, motivation, and perception of course value. Building learning communities face special challenges on commuter campuses in the era of post-pandemic hybrid learning. Based on the social learning theory of community of practice, we connected a first-year programming course, a student service-learning program, and two student organizations and developed a unique community-building approach. Our expected outcome is a stronger sense of community among the students and faculty in the department.


Professional Learning and Innovation

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