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Learning Communities, General
Atlantic Center for Learning Communities (ACLC)
This group offers a learning communities retreat each October.

Learning Communities National Learning Commons
There are a number of resources available on this site. In particular, we recommend Assessment in and of Collaborative Learning, developed and edited by the Washington Center's Evaluation Committee.

Teaching & Learning
Handbook of Enquiry and Problem-Based Learning
From the All-Ireland Society for HIgher Education (AISHE)

Sample Collaborations - Integrative Assignments
Annie Del Principe and Susan Lachman

Stephen Armstrong and Rick Repetti
Cindy Greenberg and Nicole Colbert


Select Articles & Monographs


Angelo, T. & Cross, P. (1993). Classroom assessment techniques: A handbook for college teachers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Babbitt, M. & Mlynarczyk, R.W.  (2000). “Keys to successful content-based programs: administrative perspectives.” In Content-Based College ESL Instruction, ed. L. Kasper, 26-47. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Babbitt, M.  (2001). “Making writing count in an ESL learning community.” In Academic writing programs, ed. I. Leki, 49-60. Alexandria, VA: TESOL

Babbitt, M.  (2006). “Strength in community:  effectiveness of community in building college success.”  In Volume I:  Pedagogy, Programs, Curricula, and Assessment of the Perspectives on Community ESL Series, ed. M. Spaventa, 61-76. Alexandria, VA: TESOL

Barkley, E., Major, C.H., & Cross, P. (2004). Collaborative learning techniques. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bean, J. C. (1996). Engaging Ideas: The professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bess, J.L. (2000). Teaching alone, teaching together: Transforming the structure of teams for teaching, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bloom, D. & C. Sommo. (2005). Building Learning Communities: Early results from the Opening Doors Demonstration at Kingsborough Community College.  NY: MDRC.

Bosworth, K., & Hamilton, S.J. (1994). Collaborative learning: Underlying processes and effective techniques.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brock, T. & A. LeBlanc. (2005).  Promoting Student Success in Community College and Beyond: The Opening Doors Demonstration.  New York: MDRC.

Darabi, R. L. (2006). “Basic writers and learning communities.” Journal of Basic Writing 25(1), 53-72.

Davis, B. G. (2009). Tools for Teaching, Second Edition.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Duch, B.J., Groh, S.E., & Allen, D.E. (2001). The power of problem-based learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Fink, L.D. (2003). Creating significant learning experiences. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Finkel, D. L. (2000). Teaching with your mouth shut. Portsmouth: Heinemann Boynton Cook Publishers.

Garland, L. & K. Kolkmeyer. (2011). "A Culture of Conversation: Faculty Talk as Meaningful Assessment of Learning Communities," Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 38(3), 231-243.

Graziano-King, J. & G. Kahn. (2008/9). “Exploring voice as integration: A direction for assessing student work in learning communities with composition.” Journal of Learning Communities Research 3(3), 74-88.

Greenberg, C. (2008). "Developing Adult ESL Speech Through a Civic Engagement Learning Community." As We Speak, 5(1). TESOL Journals.

Heaney, A.  (2006). “The Synergy Program: Reframing critical reading and writing for at-risk students.” Journal of Basic Writing 25(1), 26-52.

Kuh, G.D., Kinzie, J. Schuh, J., & Whitt, EJ. (2005). Student Success in college: Creating conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Laufgraben, J.L., & Shapiro, N.S. (2004). Sustaining and improving learning communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Leamnson, R. (1999). Thinking about teaching and learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Levine, J.H. (1999). Learning communities: New structures, new partnerships for Learning. Columbia: National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Michaelsen, L.K., Knight, A.B., & Fink, L.D. (2004). Team-based learning: A transformative use of small groups in college teaching. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Mlynarczyk, R.W., & Babbitt, M.  (2002). “The power of academic learning communities.”  Journal of Basic Writing 21(1), 71-89.

Nilson, L.B. (2003). Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. San Francisco: Anker/Jossey-Bass.

Ouellette, M.L. (2005). Teaching inclusively: Resources for course, department and institutional change in higher education. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Pace, D., & Middendorf, J., (Eds.). (2004). Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Ways of Disciplinary Thinking.  New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 98. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Periodicals at Josey-Bass.

Parisi, H. & J. Graziano-King. (2011). Integrating best practices: Learning communities and the writing center. Community College Enterprise, 17(1), 22-38.

Pedersen, S.  (2003). Learning communities and the academic library. Olympia, WA : Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, National Learning Communities Project, Evergreen State College ; Chicago, IL : Association of College & Research Libraries ; Washington, D.C. : American Association  of Higher Education.

Richlin, L. (2006). Blueprint for Learning: Constructing College Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Schoem, D. & Hurtado, S., (Eds.). (2001). Intergroup dialogue: Deliberative democracy in school, college, community, and workplace. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Scrivener, S., D. Bloom, A. LeBlanc, C. Paxson, C. E. Rouse, & C. Sommo. (2008). A Good Start: Two-year effects of a freshman learning community program at Kingsborough Community College.  New York: MDRC.

Shapiro, N.S., & Levine, J.H.  (1999). Creating learning communities: A practical guide to winning support, organizing for change, and implementing programs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Smilkstein, R. (2002). We're born to learn: Using the brain's natural learning process to create today's curriculum. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Smith, B.L., & McCann, J. (Eds.) (2001). Reinventing ourselves: Interdisciplinary education, collaborative learning, and experimentation in higher education Bolton, MA: Anker

Smith, B.L., MacGregor, J., Matthews, R., & Gablenick, F. (2004). Learning communities: Reforming undergraduate education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Song, Bailin. (2006). “Content-based ESL instruction: Long-term effects and outcomes. English for Specific Purposes 25, 420-437.

Sutherland, T. & Bonwell, C.C. (1996). Using active learning in college classes: A range of options for faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Symister, P. & S.M.G. Jahangir. (2010). “Creating a Learning Community for Early Childhood Education Majors.” Academic Exchange Quarterly, 13(4), 135-140.

Tagg, J. (2003). The learning college paradigm. Bolton, MA: Anker Press.

Upcraft, M. L., J. N. Gardner, & B. O. Barefoot. (2005).  Challenging and supporting the first-year student: A handbook for improving the first year of college.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Visher, M. G., & Teres, J. (2011). Breaking New Ground: An Impact study of Career-Focused learning Communities and Kingsborough Community College.  New York: MDRC.

Visher, M. G., E. Schneider, H. Wathington, H. Collado. (2010). Scaling Up Learning Communities: The experience of six community colleges.  New York: MDRC.

Walters, B. R. & F.B. Smith.  (1998). “Collaborative Projects and Intellectual Property:  Teaching Writing Intensive Sociology.”  New York:  1998 NYSSA Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings.

Walvoord, B., & Anderson, V. (1998). Effective grading: A tool for learning and assessment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Winter, W.E. (2004). “The performance of ESL students in a content-linked psychology course.” Community Review. 18, 76- 82.

Zull, J.E. (2000).  The art of changing the brain. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.


Select Presentations about Learning Communities at KCC, by KCC authors


(Annually) National Summer Institute on Learning Communities, Washington Center for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Evergreen State College.

Singer, R. & J. Graziano-King. Resource Faculty.


 (2011) Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Retreat on Learning Communities and the First Year Student.

Hill, G. J. & P. Tooker. “Experiential and Reflective Learning in First Year Learning Communities.”


(2011) National Learning Communities Conference.

Kahn, G. & M. Babbitt. “Strategies for Sustainable Pedagogy and Ecology in ESL/Developmental Learning Communities.”

(2011) NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Schlesinger, M. & C. Smith. "The art of learning together." In How small teacher communities foster effective teaching and integrative learning in the basic writing classroom, E. Ferretti, Chair. 


 (2011) Consortium for Illinois Learning Communities, Best Practices Symposium.

Singer, R. Keynote address, “Building & Sustaining Learning Community Programs.”


(2010) National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Professional Development Conference.

Symister, P., & S.M.G. Jahangir. “Stimulating Integrative Learning: Teaching Biology and Psychology with a Linked Seminar to Second Semester Community College Students.”


(2009) Association of American Colleges & Universities, Network for Academic Renewal Conference: Integrative Learning, Addressing the Complexities.

Graziano-King, J., C. Calienes, & M. Schlesinger. “You get what you ask for: Connecting Assessment of Integrative Thinking with Improvement of Assignment Design.”


(2009) American Association of Community Colleges.

Singer, R., J. Graziano-King & S. Suss. “Learning Communities: Impacting Process, Policy, & Pedagogy.”


(2005) Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on Pedagogies of Engagement.

Babbitt, M., J. Graziano-King & R. Mlynarczyk. “Deepening Learning In and Across the Disciplines.”


 (2002) Council for Opportunity in Education 21st Annual Conference.

Babbitt, M. & R. Mlynarczyk. “Using Communities to Enhance Retention at Two-year Colleges.”


 (2002) 21st Century Learning Outcomes Seminar.

Walters, B.R., E. Martin, H. Carroll & S. Schulman. “KCC’s ‘CLAS’ Model.”  

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