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Students appreciate learning about interdisciplinary, collaborative study goals. Even students who have enrolled in learning communities may not understand that they are defined by integrated and active learning and are based on student-to-student, teacher-to-teacher, and student-to-teacher interactions. The emphasis on co-creation of knowledge, active learning, and a search for interdisciplinary links will be challenging for students whose prior experience only includes lecture. Explaining this early in the term helps student learning and attitudes. Sharing this duty between instructors reinforces the integrative nature of learning communities.