CTL: Center for Teaching and Learning

Taking co-taught classes

Welcome to your co-taught class!

Most real world problems are interdisciplinary, meaning that they can be thought about from the perspectives of  different fields. For example, if you want to help people with drug addiction, there are many aspects  to learn about including the physiology of addiction, the history of treatment, economic and social factors, political aspects, and cultural considerations. No single teacher is an expert in all those areas, but faculty can team up to teach together, and bring their own area of expertise to the table, forming a co-taught class. Co-taught classes are taught by at least two faculty from different fields. 

Co-taught classes are also referred to as learning communities because your faculty are learning along with you. Each faculty brings their expertise to the class while they learn from the other instructor, as well as you. There are many ways in which co-taught classes can be structured. The specific way that your teachers will organze your class will be explained in class and in the syllabus.

Co-taught classes are a powerful way to learn new material. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • You gain a deeper and broader understanding of a real world problem.
  • You strengthen your thinking by working outside your own discipline.
  • You meet a community of learners who can work together to approach a problem from many directions.
  • Co-taught classes are excellent places to strengthed your critical thinking and writing skills.

There are some things that you can do to make your co-taught class successful. These include:

  • Recognizing that your teachers are learners, too.
  • Always emailing both faculty, even when you have a question directed toward one.
  • Using the midterm feedback opportunity to address questions you have about the structure of the class.
  • Being patient with yourself and the class, some of the material may be outside your discipline and may push you to think in new ways.

Thank you for taking your co-taught class!

If you have questions about co-teaching in general, please email the Center for Teaching and Learning at tlc@lcsc.edu.