LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York has a long-standing commitment to the pedagogy of learning communities. Community 2.0 is the newest iteration of our commitment to collaborative learning and our commitment to developing meaningful connections for students and faculty, across disciplines and classes, using the web. As a hybrid face-to-face and online initiative, Community 2.0 uses non-proprietary web tools such as Twitter, Blogger, Ning, and Facebook to connect students, professors, and classes together into networked learning communities. The primary goal of Community 2.0, a vertical (non-cohort) learning community, is to connect students to one another, to students and professors in other classes, to the wider college community, and to the world via the web. More than a theoretical or training initiative, Community 2.0 aims towards the production of new knowledge-bases in education and digital learning.

The goals of Community 2.0 are to enhance student learning and increase student technology skills by:
  • Using Web 2.0 tools to network students
  • Networking a professor’s classes to one another
  • Networking a professor’s classes to other LaGuardia classes
  • Connecting students to web communities
  • Establishing virtual interest groups among faculty and students
  • Establishing peer mentoring relationships among students
  • Engaging in developmental advising activities with students
  • Developing a wider community of LaGuardia faculty who test new strategies for educational application of new media resources, reflect upon these approaches, share their insights with colleagues, and participate in an ongoing dialogue about the connections among pedagogy, curriculum, sound academic practice and technology.
This initiative, and the attending year-long seminar, led by Ximena Gallardo C. (English), C. Jason SMith (English), and Priscilla Stadler (The Center for Teaching and Learning), helps faculty integrate Web 2.0 tools into their course preparation and make meaningful connections between students, faculty, and the broader web public with the goal of fostering mentoring relationships at all stages of the students’ educational life at LaGuardia.