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High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

Learning Communities

"The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link “liberal arts” and “professional courses”; others feature service learning."  --George D. Kuh

Supporting Research

              Fink, John E. and Mary L. Hummel. "With Educational Benefits for All: Campus Inclusion through Learning Communities Designed for Underserved                                            Student Populations." New Directions for Student Services, vol. 2015, no. 149, Spring2015, pp. 29-40. EBSCOhost

             Gansemer-Topf, Ann M. and Kari Tietjen. "Assessing the 'Learning' in Learning Communities." New Directions for Student Services, vol. 2015, no.                                                 149, Spring2015, pp. 79-89. EBSCOhost

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HIPs Rubric update!

The High Impact Practices (HIPs) Rubric was uploaded to all Fall 2019 D2L course shells on Tuesday, October 22. Faculty opt in to using the HIPs rubric by attaching it to an assignment folder. 

Step-by-step instructions for attaching the rubric to an assignment can be found at:

Access the  Rubric Guide and FAQ below:

What is Rubric for?

Faculty and instructors assess student learning in the High Impact Practice project or reflection assignment using this rubric. 

TIP: The rubric is not designed for grading purposes, just assessment of HIPs student learning. Attached is a robust FAQs and guide for the rubric.

About the Rubric and HIPs

The rubric addresses the Eight Key Elements of High Impact Practices: Challenge and Time (category 1), Interactive and Diversity (category 2), Feedback and Reflection (category 3), Real World and Public (category 4). Read more on these principles at . Instructors could mirror the wording in the rubric when designing the reflective assignment or when discussing the connections between course material and the HIPs assignment/project with students. 

Use of the rubric in HIPs courses is expected.

HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

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