Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Washington Center: New Journal on Learning Communities and Newly-Updated Website

Journal: Learning Communities Research and Practice

At the end of the month, the Washington Center, as the National Resource Center on Learning Communities will release the first issue of a new open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to LCs—Learning Communities Research and Practice.
The first issue features reprints of articles from the Journal of Learning Communities Research (JLCR. Future issues will be released bi-annually in May and November.

Our May 2013 issue will focus on providing a broad outline of the shape that learning community practice is taking today.
The journal will have four main types of articles:

  • Research articles (2,000–2,500 words) focus on an issue or question, provide theoretical grounding, gather and assess evidence to address that issue or question, and use a method appropriate to that particular context.
  • Practices from the Field (1,000–2,500 words) describe a practice developed to address a particular issue or problem in learning communities work, including a rationale for the practice being used.
  • Perspectives (1,000–2,000 words) share personal and/or professional reflections on the field of learning community practice or experiences in the context of higher education.
  • Reviews  (500-1,000 words) highlight books and journal articles relevant to the learning community field.
The deadline for submissions for the May 2013 issue is March 5, 2013. We invite faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students involved in higher education learning communities to submit articles. A complete list of instructions for authors will be available when the January issue is released. Questions about the journal can be sent to

If you have visited the Washington Center website in the past month, you have found an entirely new website – with a new look and a lot of new material—including new resources on learning communities, as well as many other areas of teaching and learning.
If you have not visited our website lately, we invite you to take a look at it.

To view the new website, go to
We would love to get feedback – from those of you who are new to learning community work and integrated, contextualized learning, as well as those who have been working in the field for many years.

If, after viewing the website, you have a few minutes to answer some questions, please take our short survey:
We also welcome e-mail comments and questions at

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