Broward College is working to improve students’ awareness of general education learning outcomes and the relevance of these outcomes within their projected career paths. As a means to further engage students in their studies, we are offering different types of group learning environments and contextualized courses.
A Contextualized Course is a class that offers learning activities and assignments themed for students’ projected career paths. For instance, in a Freshman Composition class, you may be asked to write an argumentative essay based on an issue impacting your future career, or in a math course, your instructor may have you focus on equations set in scenarios about your future career.
Group Learning Environments, also called
"cohorts", are ideal if you prefer a team approach in and out of
the classroom where you, your classmates and teachers work closely together. Broward College offers the following group learning environments:
Learning Communities (LCs) are two or more classes that connect their curriculum by sharing learning activities themed on topics intended to engage students’ personal interests. Past LCs have been thematically based on Food, Sustainability, and the Apocalypse.
- Contextualized Learning Communities (CLCs), which are learning communities where the curriculum of two or more classes is combined, such that they share learning activities themed for students’ projected career path. CLCs link courses with a common cohort of students under a common academic pathway theme. One of the biggest appeals of a CLC is that it offers the chance to link several disciplines at once to your academic pathway of study.
The purpose of Broward College's group learning environments is tied to and supportive of the broader institutional goals and the college's strategic plan for student success, which include improvement of enrollment, term-to-term retention, and time-to-degree completion. The goals of the contextualized courses, LCs and CLCs are aligned with the college competencies, including critical thinking, effective communication, ethical reasoning, global self-awareness, information literacy, and mathematical and scientific reasoning.
Why should I participate in a group learning environment?