Designing a course that promotes a sustained sense of community and collaboration establishes a cohesive culture of visual artists. It also benefits a photography curriculum in many ways. The Global Development Research Center lists forty-four benefits of creating community and among them are:
- Promotes student–faculty interaction and familiarity.
- Increases student retention.
- Encourages student responsibility for learning.
- Promotes a positive attitude toward subject matter.
- Creates an environment of active, involved, exploratory learning.
- Stimulates critical thinking and helps students clarify ideas through discussion and debate (Panitz, 3/1/15).
Other valid reasons are to establish and ...