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For Immediate Release (00-09)
Date: March 20, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Host National Expert on
“Learning Communities, Collaborative Learning and Assessment”
Dr. Vincent Tinto to Speak at Germantown Campus on March 30

Rockville, Maryland -- It’s widely accepted that actively involving students in the learning process can enhance both their ability to learn and their interest in furthering their pursuit of learning. What is less known is how to get students involved in this process, particularly in settings where students commute to college and/or have many outside obligations. Such is the case with that of the typical Montgomery College student.

 Colleges and universities across the nation – including Montgomery College – are increasingly turning to the use of “learning communities,” in which students are able to co-register for more than one course together and often the courses have linked themes. This type of  “collaborative learning” environment is helping to reshape classroom learning experiences, to provide students and faculty with frequent feedback about student learning.

One of the nation’s foremost experts on these topics, Dr. Vincent Tinto of Syracuse University, will speak to Montgomery College faculty and members of the community during a presentation on Thursday, March 30 at 3 p.m.  Sponsored by the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Tinto’s discussion will be held in Globe Hall of the campus’ High Tech Science Center. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Tinto will focus on several recent initiatives that have successfully addressed the challenge of student involvement and persistence by reorganizing the student classroom experience, especially during the first year of college. These initiatives involve the use of learning communities, to organize student sharing of the curriculum, and successful examples of collaborative or cooperative teaching techniques and assessment.

For more information on this presentation, contact Montgomery College’s Center for Teaching and Learning at 240-567-5157.

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