Freshman Interest Group Resources
Current: Freshman Interest Groups: Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) were developed as a part of the Re-imagining the First-Year of College Initiative. Main Ways FIGs differ from LCs:
|Learning Communities (Prior)
||Freshman Interest Groups (Re-Imagined)
|Full Sections of Courses Reserved for Incoming First-Time Freshman Only
||Reserved Seating (a certain number of seats in a section are reserved for incoming First-Time Freshman, the rest of the section is filled with currently enrolled students, transfer students, and Early College students)
|Faculty worked together and participated in shared assignments
||Faculty are expected to teach their course as usual and use BroncoConnect to document attendance, student success (kudos), and student obstacles (flags); as well as use the calendar to post office hours for students to make appointments
|Students registered themselves for their LC course and an unrestricted list of courses at First Steps
||Students are pre-registered for 12+ credit hours based on intended major or the male/female initiative and pre-placement criteria; courses registered for at First Steps are limited.
Examples of FIGs at Other Institutions:
The Past: Learning Communities
- 2014: Bronco Men and Women Living-Learning Communities
- 2013: FSU faculty may submit a proposal for consideration. Right-click on the link, save the file to your hard drive, then complete, and send to the Dean of University College.
- Learning Communities Workshop (Thursday, May 19, 2005, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Chancellor's Dining Room). This was a hands-on workshop for FSU faculty interested in creating a learning community. The facilitator was Dr. David Schoem, Faculty Director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program, a nationally acclaimed learning community and service learning program at the University of Michigan.
- Learning Communities @ FTCC: Fayetteville Technical Community College has developed a strong and growing Learning Communities initiative. Members of the FTCC Learning Communities Team presented on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 12:30 in the Chancellor's Dining Room:
- Carl Mitchell, Dean of College Transfer
- Chris Diorietes, Mathematics
- Beverly Hall, Mathematics
- Jerry Ittenbach, Physics/Chemistry
- Vicki Pate, Social Science
- Learning Community Interest Meeting Wed., Jan 30, 2008, noon, Chancellor's Dining Room.
Living-Learning Community Literature
FSU is expanding and deepening its learning communities initiative by incorporating a residential experience into selected communities.
- The Residential Learning Communities International Clearinghouse: Sponsored by Bowling Green State University. Includes links to many examples of living-learning communities.
- The Learning Communities National Resource Center: Evergreen State College pioneered learning communities and hosts the website of the National Learning Communities Project.
- The Directory contains 88 examples of living-learning communities. Search the Directory for structure/model = residential living/learning community.
- C. Ryan Akers and Merrily S. Dunn, Ph.D, "Living/Learning Communities: An Annotated Bibliography," 2002.
- Appalachian State Residential Learning Communities
- UNC-Greensboro Living-Learning Communities
- University of Illinois Living-Learning Communities
- Michigan Community Scholars Program
- Readings recommended by Dr. David Schoem
- Creating Community on College Campuses
- Geri Rasmussen and Elizabeth Skinner, Integrated Learning Communities: a study by two instructors at the Maricopa County Community College District
- Temple University
- Iowa State University
- Wright State University
- Appalachian State University
- Fayetteville Technical Community College