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Engaged Learning Where You Live Courses

The Learning Where You Live (LWYL) initiative is a series of one- and two-credit courses taught on North and West Campus. New this year, we are actively seeking proposals for 2017-18 LWYL courses that include a community engagement dimension.

Application deadline for Engaged LWYL courses: Monday, April 17, 2017.

The mission of the North/West living-learning initiative is to enhance intellectual life in the residential communities. LWYL courses aim to achieve the following overarching goals:

  • Develop sustained and meaningful connections between undergraduates and a faculty member
  • Promote the idea that intellectual exchange, curiosity, and exploration are core values of a Cornell education
  • Allow students to explore a subject outside of their intended field of study
  • Offer a meaningful learning experience that is not a significant source of stress for students
  • Offer immediate ways for students to explore the local community surrounding Cornell and to engage in issues of local relevance (Engaged LWYL courses)

The initiative also provides faculty with opportunities to engage in innovative pedagogy and/or explore subjects and ideas they do not usually teach. We encourage faculty to teach courses that are not offered in the formal curriculum, are team taught, are cross-disciplinary, and are offered as immersive experiences in a condensed time period.


About LWYL courses:

  • Capped at 20 students; faculty may set a lower cap
  • Courses must be open to first- and second-year students; faculty may, but are not obliged to, limit enrollment to these students
  • Usually graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis
  • Faculty Living-Learning Programs helps promote courses and offers pedagogical support, if desired


About Engaged LWYL course proposals:

  • Application form
  • Application deadline: Monday, April 17, for fall 2017 and spring 2018 courses
  • Decisions made on a rolling basis
  • Support available for eight Engaged LWYL courses
  • Course budget proposals may be up to $2,500

**If your course is selected, you are responsible for securing course approval through whatever processes your department and college requires. We are unable to offer course relief to faculty, but we would be delighted to work with you in thinking through course meeting times, location, course description and other details. As space permits, we would like to host as many courses as possible on North or West Campus.



Ethan Stephenson for general questions about LWYL courses.

Mike Bishop, Amanda Wittman, or Anna Sims Bartel for questions about the community engagement component of the courses.