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Learning Communities

Learning Communities combine two or more classes linked by a common theme, allowing a more immersive exploration of the class topics. You’ll enhance your education and develop a meaningful support network with others who share similar interests. Learning Communities are innovatively designed to help you enjoy the path to achieving academic success! Check below for this semester’s offerings.

How Learning Communities Work

  • They encourage deeper learning by exploring subjects through an interdisciplinary perspective that promotes integrated learning.
  • Classes run back-to-back with a break in between.
  • More time spent with faculty and classmates allows you to develop meaningful relationships and increased collaboration.
  • They allow you to complete general education and/or program requirements in a unique learning environment.
  • Assignments are often coordinated, creating a workload that feels more manageable.
  • Some learning communities even take field trips!

What Students Have to Say

  • “It definitely had more of a family feel than any other class.”
  • “I participated in two learning communities in my time at COD and I wish the university I transferred to offered them. Content from these courses stuck with me because we had more time to discuss and absorb the information. I always noticed how topics from my classes would crossover, and learning communities allow you to share that experience with a whole group.”
  • “I think [learning communities] are great! It was very helpful to have two classes that were together; it made my first semester easier and prepared me for the rest of my college experience.”
  • “Good way to learn by getting ideas from various perspectives.”
  • “It is great! You’re able to tie together all of the coursework and complete multiple classes during one period.”
  • “Incredibly engaging. Every class should be in this format!”

Learning Communities Courses

The following Learning Communities courses are offered during the Spring 2023 semester.

This learning community is designed to prepare future educators to teach—and challenge—exceptional children in K-12 schools. Course content focuses on pedagogy, rhetoric, writing strategies, and research methodologies while students explore the historical, legal and philosophical foundations of special education. Students who enroll in this cohort will be prepared to meet the needs of children who warrant different educational environments and will also train future educators to confront—and correct— misinformation in 21st century contexts. Must co-enroll in EDUCA-2201-LC050, ENGLI-1102-LC050, and EDUCA-1116- LC050.

Note: ENGLI-1102-LC050 and EDUCA-1116-LC050 are taught in the fully online format. For information about online courses, visit Internet access is required.

EDUCA-2201-LC050, Education of the Exceptional Child

Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

ENGLI-1102-LC050, English Composition II (Gen Ed: Communications)


EDUCA-1116-LC050, Research in the Information Age


Information: April Zawlocki,, Timothy Henningsen,, OR Jason Ertz,

The Digital and Social Media Marketing certificate provides a foundational understanding of developing a digital marketing strategy. Gain in-demand skills in search engine optimization (SEO), social media, email marketing, paid advertisements and digital analytics. Must co-enroll in MARKE-1150-LC030 and MARKE 2235-LC030.

NOTE: Fully online format; internet access is required. For information about online courses, visit

MARKE-1150-LC030, Social Media Marketing


MARKE-2235-LC030, Digital Marketing Analytics


Information: Mary Rojas Carlson, 

Leveraging Data to Drive Real Life Decisions

We are living in an increasingly data-driven world. The field of statistics, much like an interpreter, serves to translate idle numbers into big ideas and decisions that make sense. Whether it’s business, healthcare, technology or agriculture, all industries are significantly influenced by status. In this learning community, we pair Biology-1151 and Math-1635 to investigate biologically relevant, real-world scenarios using current data. Must co-enroll in both BIOLO-1151-LC030 and MATH-1635-LC030.

Note: Students must meet prerequisites for each course.

BIOLO-1151-LC030, Principles of Biolo (Gen Ed: Bio Sci)

Tuesday and Thursday, 9 to 10:50 a.m.

Wednesday (Lab), 9 to 11:50 a.m.

MATH-1635-LC030, Statistics (Gen Ed: Math)

Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 1:50 p.m.

Information: Jor-El Hardy, OR Rita Patel, 

This learning community allows those who have previously completed the MANAG-2240, HR Management course to concurrently complete the three advanced HRM courses that are requirements for earning the HRM certificate. Upon completion, students can demonstrate to employers their competencies in responding to today’s HRM job challenges. Must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC030, MANAG-2245-LC030 and MANAG-2248-LC030. VCM format. Internet access is required.

MANAG-2242-LC030, Talent Acquisition and Retention

Wednesday, 6 to 7:05 p.m.

MANAG-2245-LC030, Compensation, Benefits and Performance Management

Wednesday, 7:15 to 8:20 p.m.

MANAG-2248-LC030, Strategic HR Management

Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Information: Jane Murtaugh, (630) 942-2821, 

NOTE: For Honors students only.

What happened to prairies in the American Midwest and how is it relevant to what we eat? How did the Spotted Owl become the lightning rod for the Timber Wars in the Pacific Northwest? Can you save the world by eating tofu rather than hamburgers? Just how bad for the world is the pristine lawn outside your windows? This learning community examines lifestyle issues and critically analyzes the relationships among population, natural resources, land use, agriculture, biodiversity, industrialization and pollution, as well as how to ask a scientific question about the environment and find the information to answer it. Must co-enroll in both BIOLO-1110-HON30 and EDUCA-1116-HON30.

BIOLO-1110-HON30, Environmental Biology (Gen Ed: Bio Sci)

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

EDUCA-1116-HON30, Research in the Information Age

Wednesday, 9 to 9:50 a.m.

Information: Shamili Ajgaonkar, OR Laura Burt-Nicholas,

Explore how psychology and aspects of the courtroom environment are integrated. Investigate how psychological theories and principles can be systematically applied to various components of the American criminal justice system, including, but not limited to, the system’s primary components of courts, police, corrections, victims and offenders. Must co-enroll in both CRIMJ-1100-LC035 and PSYCH-1100-LC035. Courses are taught in the fully online format. For information about online courses, visit online. Internet access is required.

CRIMJ-1100-LC035, Intro to Criminal Justice


PSYCH-1100-LC035, General Psychology (Gen Ed: Soc/Behav Sci)


Information: Tauya Forst, OR Or’Shaundra Benson, 

What can we learn about the mind by playing games? How is research itself like a game? This learning community explores these and other questions through various types of games—from simple board games to more complex role-playing activities—that reveal aspects of how we react to situations and form our identities. Develop skills in information literacy, conflict resolution and motivation that will be valuable long after the class. Must co-enroll in ENGLI-1102-LC040 and PSYCH-1100-LC040.

ENGLI-1102-LC040, English Composition II (Gen Ed: Communications)

Monday and Wednesday, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

PSYCH-1100-LC040, Intro to Psychology (Gen Ed: Soc/Behav Sci)

Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Information: Jim Allen, OR Sarah Butler,

Current students can register for a Learning Community through myACCESS. If you have not yet applied to take classes at College of DuPage, you will need to apply for admission before registering. 

Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421