Learning Communities | New Students | Saint John | UNB

Learning communities

Any student can participate in a Learning Community. Professors who are interested in having their course participate are asked to email dave.decker@unb.ca.

How to participate

The Fall Learning Community program will be commence during the week of Sept. 28, 2021.

The Fall program will have six modules delivered over 11 weeks (schedule and modules below). Each module will be delivered three times—you only need to attend one session for each module to be considered as attended the module.

How-to video: Getting involved in Learning Communities

Over the term, if you wish to change from one time slot to another, you are free to do so. Attendance is tracked and combined for all four sessions for each module.

Modules and times

The university environment has a different culture, a different language, and classes move at a much faster pace. This module will help orient you to some of the nuances to studying in the university environment, what to expect, and cultural norms.

  • Tuesday, Sept 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Sept 29, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Oct 1, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

Did you know that being socially involved during your university studies is almost as important as academic — why do you think so many professional organizations are interested in your extracurricular activities and volunteer experiences? During this module you will get to hear about opportunities on campus that happen outside the classroom, and how best to balance the social with the academic.

  • Tuesday, Oct 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Oct 13, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Oct 15, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

What are the habits that are key to student success? Is it all about doing the readings and attending class? Or is there something more? This module will take a conscious look at the best ways to approach learning.

  • Tuesday, Oct 26, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Oct 27, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Oct 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

Being an ethical student goes beyond simply not cheating. Students can find themselves unintentionally involved in questionable academic practices simply because the rules are misunderstood. This module will investigate some common ways students accidentally find themselves in trouble, and what you can do to avoid that!

  • Tuesday, Nov 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Nov 17, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Nov 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

Managing the demands of university life can build up and challenge even the most resilient students. During this module we will take a step back and look at some practices to help manage our time and our well-being.

  • Tuesday, Nov 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Dec 1, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Dec 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

This module provides students with advice on the next steps in planning their degrees, careers, and life. Now that the first term is nearing an end, let’s look back and see if there are any lessons learned that can help us plan for the future.

  • Tuesday, Dec 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HWK Commons Room G 16
  • Wednesday, Dec 8, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Hazen Hall 125
  • Friday, Dec 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hazen Hall 225

How to join a Learning Community

Show up! No registration is required just attend the meetings and participate at the posted times.

There are three different time slots per week. These session have the same topic but may vary in approach.

Sticking to one time slot throughout the program increases your chances of making deeper connections with other students, while attending different time slots can make it easier to meet more people — the choice is yours!

Bonus points

You can get up to 5% added to your final grade in a participating course based on your attendance:

  • 5 or 6 different modules: 5 bonus points
  • 4 different modules: 4 bonus points
  • Fewer than 4 mandatory modules: no bonus points

Points must be applied to a single participating course. You cannot divide your bonus points between two or more courses. They cannot be used to move from a failing grade to a passing grade.

If you are uncertain about your attendance it is your responsibility to check with the Learning Community Leaders outside the normal tutorial time. Decisions regarding attendance are final. Instructors and advisors are not involved in any way with the day-to-day running of the Learning Community and will not be involved in attendance or tutorial procedures.

Participating courses

This list is subject to change. Confirm with your professor that the course is participating in this program.

Faculty of Arts

  • COMS 1001 | Hansen, W.
  • COMS 1002 | Nelson, W.
  • ENGL 1001 | Moore, R.
  • HIST 1401 | Lindsay, D.
  • HIST 2101 | Spinney, E.
  • PHIL 1053 | Littlejohn, M.
  • POLS 1201 | Lewis, J.P.
  • POLS 1301 | Munoz-Martinez, H.
  • UNIV 1003 | All sections

Faculty of Business

  • BA 1216 | Zadeh, M.H.
  • BA 1501 | Fleet, G.
  • ECON 1013 | Hill, R.
  • ECON 1023 | Ibn-Boamah, M.

Faculty of Science

  • CHEM 1046 | Xiao, S.
  • ENGG 1033 | Roach, D.
  • GEOG 1044 | Wilson, L.
  • NURS 1011 | Le, M. & Busson, C.

Shared programs

  • HEAL 1001 | Doucet, S., et al.