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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 delivered online for Winter 2021.

The Winter program will have four modules delivered over 8 weeks. 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

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How to join a Learning Community

Show up! No registration is required just join one (or more if you wish) of the Team spaces and attend the meetings at the posted times. Links for online sessions will be posted in the Team’s space in the week prior to sessions – but the time and day of the week will NOT change.

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 4% added to your final grade in a participating course based on your attendance:

  • 4 different modules: 4 bonus points
  • 3 different modules: 3 bonus points
  • Fewer than 3 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

  • ENGL | Moore, R.
  • FREN 1204| Loutfi, F.
  • HIST 1101 | Fury, C.
  • PHIL 1002 | Eldridge, P.
  • PHIL 1053 | Littlejohn, M.
  • POLS 1201 | Lewis, J.P.
  • POLS 1301 | Munoz-Martinez, H.
  • SOCI 1071 | Galbo, J.
  • UNIV 1003 | Craft, K.
  • UNIV 1005 | Everett, J.

Faculty of Business

  • BA 1501 | Wegener, M.

Faculty of Science

  • CHEM 1077 Lab | Xiao, S.
  • NURS 2011 | Manzer, D.