COD Offers New Learning Community Classes for Spring 2018
By Mike McKissack
College of DuPage will offer several new classes this spring through its Learning Communities program.
Learning communities are unique, innovative learning experiences that typically involve students enrolling as a cohort in two or more courses connected by a common theme. Learning communities for the Spring 2018 term include the following:
- Aligning Theory and Practice: Honors Engineering Physics and Statics: This Honors Engineering/Physics learning community will combine the study of physics
and statics: topics that are traditionally covered separately through coordinated
lectures. Students will complete an independent engineering project and a number of
labs geared toward statics as well as seminar-style special relativity. For more information,
please contact Scott Banjavcic at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carley Bennett at email@example.com.
- English Language Community: Students from a variety of countries and cultures around the world work together
to improve their English reading and writing skills while learning about global cultures
from each other. For more information, contact Tia Greenfield at firstname.lastname@example.org, (630) 942-2006, or Chris Miller at email@example.com, (630) 942-2823.
- Frontier Conflict: Veterans’ Perspectives: Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities “Dialogues on the Experience
of War” program, this team-taught course will include a variety of historical and
literary texts and will focus on two 20 year-plus conflict periods under the theme
of “securing the frontier.” Students may choose whether to take the course for History
or English credit. For more Information, contact Franz Burnier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gods and War: Politics and World Religions: Exploring the intersection between religion and politics, students learn how religious
beliefs and practices can help explain conflict and cooperation between countries,
groups and individuals. In addition, a discussion of the interwoven history of religions
and nations helps explain the current issues facing an increasingly globalized world.
For more information, contact Chris Goergen at email@example.com, (630) 942-2012, or Leslie Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org, (630) 942-2172.
- Human Resource Management Certificate: This learning community offers students who have completed the Human Resource Management
course the opportunity to concurrently complete the three advanced courses that are
requirements for earning the Human Resource Management certificate. Upon completion,
students can demonstrate competencies in responding to today’s HR management job challenges.
For more information, contact Jane Murtaugh at email@example.com, (630) 942-2821.
- Planetary Ethics: This seminar combines Environmental Biology with Environmental Ethicsto explore
how nature works, how things are interconnected, and how theories and principles of
ethics are applied to major areas of environmental concern. Both classes satisfy general
education requirements and Environmental Biology satisfies the lab science requirement.
For more Information, contact Shamili Ajgaonkar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eva Maria Raepple at email@example.com, (630) 942-3983.
- Research as Narrative: This learning community examines the fundamental role of research and rhetoric within
the world of knowledge creation, while exploring academic discourse, bias, credibility,
objectivity and community writing in the digital world. For more information, contact
Tim Henningsen at firstname.lastname@example.org, (630) 942-2276, or Jason Ertz at email@example.com, (630) 942-2364.
- Victims, Villains and Heroes: This learning community will uses its theme to explore short stories and develop
college success skills for students at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville. Students
will learn methods for analyzing literature as well as study skills via the course
readings. For more information, please Jackie McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org, (630) 942-2709, or Stacie Haen-Darden at email@example.com.
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