Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TTU First To Offer "Learning Villages"

Could you learn better if you lived in something called a "learning village?" Tennessee Tech will soon invite students to become members of “learning villages.” University officials say these villages will offer small, caring groups led by faculty within the larger community. And they say TTU will be the first public university in the state to offer these communities in which a student can become a lifetime member. The residential concept originated by England’s Oxford and Cambridge Universities was later adopted by Yale and Harvard, and in the Fall semester of 2010, Tech students will be invited to join one of two initial theme-based villages — service or environment. The villages will be based in the New North and South Residence Halls. Each village, made up of 150-300 individuals, will be open not only to students living in residence halls, but also off-campus and online students as well as TTU faculty and staff members. Officials hope that over time, villages will develop their own activities and programs, such as intramural sports, debate teams, book clubs and festivals.