What are Linked Courses?
Linked courses at BGSU are a type of learning community in which a group of new freshmen are co-registered across (typically) 2 course sections, allowing them to take those courses as a cohort. Linked courses are created and used to form intentional opportunities for students to interact with other students in similar majors or residential learning communities, both socially and academically. Students enrolled in linked courses tend to perform better academically and have higher rates of retention.
Departments Involved in Creating Linked Courses:
- Academic departments (faculty, chairs, directors, deans)
- College advising offices
- Registration and records
- Residence Life/Student Affairs/Learning Community Directors
Goals and Faculty Expectations:
- Create intentional opportunities for students to interact with other students in similar majors (or residential learning communities), both socially and academically.
- Increase student achievement in the first semester/year.
- Collaborate with the instructor(s) in course sections linked to yours.
- Share class syllabus with the other instructor(s) in sections linked to yours as to avoid scheduling major exams and project due dates at the same time.
- Strive to produce deeper, content based linking to provide a rich opportunity for engaging students across courses.
- Link ideas or themes from each discipline to bridge the gap between two seemingly different areas of study, motivating students to see and make deeper connections between diverse ideas in and outside of the classroom.
- Emphasize the long-term rewards of learning through the synthesis of education, active learning, and course collaboration.
- Foster faculty relationships with and between students to create a positive learning environment for personal student growth and course retention.