Current issue: Volume 6 (2014)

"Higher education has been very slow to embrace the fact that knowing, teaching, and learning are communal enterprises, and to reflect that reality in the way it pursues its mission. But the pace of change has been picking up over the past two decades, and the learning communities movement has been at the forefront of that quickening. The Learning Communities Journal (whose founder and Editor-in-Chief, Milt Cox, is one of the true pioneers in the field), is an invaluable asset to all concerned, from the curious, who want to learn more about the movement, to advanced practitioners seeking ways to sharpen and deepen their practice. I am very grateful for the existence and quality of this journal, and for the good work of those who edit and contribute to it. Sample it, subscribe to it, read it, and use it and I'm sure you will benefit, as I have, from what can be found in these pages."

-- Parker J. Palmer (author of The Heart of Higher Education, The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness)

Our latest issue: Volume 6 (2014), featuring the following articles:

Learning Communities as Successful Purveyors of Evidence-Based Programs and Scholarship
Milton D. Cox, Miami University

Multidisciplinary Faculty Learning Communities for SoTL: Rethinking “Rigor”
Arlene Wilner, Rider University

Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Using Faculty and Professional Learning Communities
Catherine U. Bishop-Clark, Beth Dietz, Milton D. Cox, Miami University

The Effectiveness of a College-Wide Research Learning Community in Increasing the Research Self-Efficacy of New Faculty
Kelly A. Kozlowski, Courtney M. Holmes, David D. Hampton, Bowling Green State University

Mentoring and Support for New Faculty: Enhancing Social Capital Using Communities of Practice
Susanne Morgan, Ithaca College

Engaging Communities of Practice to Increase Student Engagement in Large-Enrollment Courses
Jerry K. Stonewater, Beverley Taylor, Andrea I. Bakker, Marjorie Keeshan Nadler, Cecilia Shore, Miami University

Learning and Teaching Professional Development: An Australian Community of Practice Case Study
Jacquie McDonald, University of Southern Queensland, Cassandra Star, Flinders University

Welcome to the Journal website!

We are pleased to introduce the Learning Communities Journal (ISSN 1946-0597), a peer-reviewed journal published by and for faculty, faculty developers, and administrators at universities and two- and four-year colleges to share research about, experiences with, and student and faculty learning through learning communities. The Journal provides a scholarly, written forum for discussion about all areas affecting faculty and student learning communities, and gives community participants the opportunity to share proven, innovative strategies and thoughtful, inspirational insights.

Both print and online subscriptions are available.

Just published:

Volume 6 (2014) -- Learning Communities as Successful Purveyors of Evidence-Based Programs and Scholarship

"Implementation is the art and science of incorporating innovations, interventions, and evidence-based programs into typical human service settings to benefit the clients of practitioners, for example, “bench to bedside” in the medical professions. The goal of implementation is “X is what we do” and is the establishment of X as the norm in a system and a culture, day in and day out, even when no one is watching. The purveyors of the implementation are the organization, staff, and process that are engaged to achieve the implementation. Educational developers attempt to find purveyors to ensure that their practitioners—scholars, instructors, and administrators—employ their initiatives with fidelity and sustainability for their clients—students, faculty, programs, and institutions.

This issue of the Learning Communities Journal provides examples illustrating that educational developers have success engaging learning communities as purveyors to implement evidence-based programs and scholarship in higher education."

(from "A Message From the Editor-in-Chief," p. 1)

Call for Papers

Manuscripts for regular issues may be submitted anytime. See the submission guidelines.