Two women in a painting class

Adult Enrichment

Are you looking for a new hobby? College of DuPage Continuing Education offers a variety of adult enrichment courses in convenient formats to meet the needs of your busy schedule. Whether you are interested in picking up a paint brush or dusting off that old guitar, we are pleased to offer courses with top notch instructors in art, computers, music, home improvement, personal finance, fitness, writing and more. Learn more about our upcoming course offerings below.

female students in alternations class

Fall 2021 Sewing Alterations Class

Adult male student working on watercolor painting

Acrylic painter in class.

Teacher consults with student

Calligraphy instructor provides student with feedback.

Adult females at sewing machines

Quilting students working on their creations.

Students in class playing ukuleles

Saturday morning group ukulele class.

Upcoming Courses

Click each subject below to learn about upcoming courses. 

Registration Information

Register online by visiting myaccess.cod.edu. Upon registration, students must provide a personal email address. Please check your spam/junk folders periodically to ensure you are receiving important course information.

Registered participants in online or hybrid course offerings are required to have access to a computer or other media device (i.e. iPad) with a camera and a microphone. Courses will be taught via Zoom and/or the Blackboard online learning management program. For optimal program success, registration for online classes may close up to 48 business hours prior to the course start date.

Students who are new to using Zoom, or looking for additional support, are welcome to participate in the below free Zoom Basics for Students courses for assistance with this virtual learning platform.

Zoom Basics for Enrichment Students
Join instructor Richard Morton and learn tips on how to use Zoom to successfully participate in virtual courses. Topics include how to link your microphone, different view options, and how to use the chat box and reaction buttons. This free workshop will include time for students to ask individual questions and troubleshoot with the instructor.

 

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. We have many more online course offerings available at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Excel 2019 Advanced

Work on advanced spreadsheet concepts in Excel, including range names, advanced functions, lists, importing and exporting data, analytical options and macros. Students should have access to Excel 2019 and Intermediate level Excel experience. A textbook may be required. See codbooks.com for details.  

Tuesday, Nov. 15 to 22
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-007, $179
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1133

Thursday, Dec. 1 to 15
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0003-123, $179
Virtual Classroom 

Windows 10

Discover Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. Learn the similarities between Windows 7 and Windows 10, and explore the new features that make Windows 10 powerful and easy to use. Take control of your PC and learn to personalize it to work for you.

Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 7
6 to 9 p.m.
COMPT-0006-034, $99; Lifelong Learner $79
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Basic Computer Skills Suite

Learn essential computer skills for the 21st century workplace, including how to troubleshoot PC issues.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Creating Mobile Apps with HTML5

Learn to use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and Web APIs to create cross-platform mobile apps and mashups.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Color Theory

Color plays an important role in visual communication, especially when designing websites. For web designers, understanding color theory is a key to creating a color palette for UI/UX projects. This self-paced course will teach you the fundamentals of color theory and how to apply this framework to your web design practice.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $79
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

For decades, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a staple of science fiction stories, but thanks to modern advances in computational capacity and storage capabilities, it's becoming a reality. Today, there are examples of artificial intelligence all around us. The purpose of this course is to provide you with an artificial intelligence practical knowledge foundation.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Keyboarding

Learn how to touch-type or improve your existing typing skills using Keyboarding Pro 5. Currently only available for PC use.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Microsoft Office 2109 Bundle

Whether you're a beginner or need a refresher, the Microsoft Office 2019 Value Suite will teach you the fundamentals of some of the most widely-used programs in the Microsoft Office family. This course bundle will introduce you to Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft Excel 2019, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. These programs are used to handle common workplace tasks like word processing and presentation design. Through hands-on activities, you will gain proficiency in each of these programs and build skills that contribute to your organization's success.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $399
Online (Self-Paced)
Register at ed2go.com/dupage

Understanding the Cloud

Learn everything you need to truly understand the cloud - including how it works, what drives it, why it’s so popular and how to make the cloud work for you.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Knitting Beyond the Basics: Double Knitting

Learn this technique of two-color double knitting that produces a fabric with a mirror image of the pattern on the opposite side. This results in a reversible project that is great for scarves, hats, afghans and warmer garments. Students should know how to knit and purl. Students should bring two contrasting colors of medium weight yarn in wool or acrylic (no cotton), size 8 straight needles, and scissors to cut yarn. Instructor: Elizabeth Houlihan

Wednesday, Nov. 16
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
LEISR-0045-004, $39
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1118

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Personal Finance

Do you have clear financial goals? Are you confident you will be able to retire someday? How can you be sure you are making the right investments? Do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? Do you know how to keep good financial records? This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Beginning Ballroom: Smooth and Standard 

Make ballroom dancing even more fun by continuing to improve your technique while learning new figures from dances such as the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and more! This class will focus on American Smooth but may incorporate elements of International Standard. Some previous dance experience and appropriate dance shoes are recommended. Signing up with a partner is welcomed but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter
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Monday, Jan. 30 to March 13 (no class 2/20)
8 to 9 p.m. 
FITN-0001-007, $79
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Continuing Ballroom: Smooth and Standard

Make ballroom dancing even more fun by continuing to improve your technique while learning new figures from dances such as the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and more! This class will focus on American Smooth but may incorporate elements of International Standard. Some previous dance experience and appropriate dance shoes are recommended. Signing up with a partner is welcomed but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter 
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Monday, April 3 to May 8
7 to 8 p.m.
FITN-0001-010, $79
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Beginning Ballroom: Rhythm and Latin

Make ballroom dancing even more fun by continuing to improve your technique while learning new figures from dances such as the Rumba, Cha-cha, Swing, Samba, and more! This class will focus on American Rhythm but may incorporate elements of International Latin. Some previous dance experience and appropriate dance shoes are recommended. Signing up with a partner is welcomed, but not required. Instructor: Erik Binter

Monday, April 3 to May 8
8 to 9 p.m.
FITN-0001-009, $79
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Continued Ballroom: Rhythm and Latin

Continue learning the techniques of Rhythm and Latin dance.  Completion of Beginning Ballroom recommended.  Instructor: Erik Binter. 
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Monday, Jan. 30 to March 13 (No class 2/20)
7 to 8 p.m.
FITN-0001-008, $79
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Beginning Tai Chi

Focus on the basics of Tai Chi and learning the Yang short form. This class is ideal for students who want to try Tai Chi for the first time, older adults, or anyone interested in improving relaxation and adopting a meditative mindset. Instructor Phil Hinton guides you through the practice of this ancient art form, which can improve balance and flexibility, increase strength and improve overall immune system function. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Tuesday, Jan. 31 to May 23(no class 3/28)
6 to 7:30 p.m.
FITN-0001-002, $199, Lifelong Learner $179
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Beyond Beginning Tai Chi

This course is for students who have completed at least one semester of Beginning Tai Chi and are familiar with the basic principles and movements taught in that class. In this class, you learn more advanced Tai Chi warm ups, Chi Gung, and Flow Practice. You can continue the study of the Yang Short Form, and upon completion, move into studying the Yang 108 Long Form. Two person practice is also introduced. Registration for this class is upon recommendation of the instructor only. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Tuesday, Jan. 31 to May 23 (no class 3/28)
7:30 to 9 p.m. 
FITN-0001-003, $199, Lifelong Learner $179
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Advanced Tai Chi

This course is for students who’ve completed Beginning class and have been through the Beyond Beginning class for several semesters. In this class we’ll delve into progressively deeper Chi Gung, Nei Gung, Taoist Meditation Techniques, Flow Practice and 2 person training. Form work will evolve into Yang Cheng Fu Form, Temple Style Tai Chi, and Weapons Training. Registration for this class is upon recommendation of the instructor only. Instructor: Phil Hinton

Thursday, Feb. 2 to May 25 (no class 3/30)
7 to 9 p.m. 
FITN-0001-004, $249
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 130

Qi Gong and Beginning Tai Chi

Tai Chi and Qigong are a form of meditation in motion. They combine the practice of repeated, slow, graceful movements with deep breathing in order to promote overall well-being and the harmony and balance of the mind-body-spirit connection. Reduce stress and increase energy while also improving balance, strength, flexibility and agility. This class is ideal for beginners and will focus on QiGong and learning the Yang Style 24 Tai Chi form. Instructor: Lisa Braatz

Monday, Jan. 30 to May 22 (no class 3/27)
2 to 3 p.m. 
FITN-0001-023, $149, Lifelong Learner $129
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Tai Chi for Advanced Students

This class is for experienced students in the Yang 24 step form. The focus will be on perfecting the 24 form and learning more advanced forms. We will use our inner energy to enhance the harmony and balance in the mind-body-spirit connection. Instructor: Lisa Braatz

Wednesday, Feb. 2 to May 25 (no class 3/30)
2 to 3 p.m. 
FITN-0001-024, $149, Lifelong Learner $129
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Gentle Yoga

Explore the practice of the yogic system of mind and body awareness and fitness. Experience a hatha style yoga class designed to be less stressful on the joints. Asanas (poses) are chosen to emphasize flexibility and relaxation. Meditation techniques and restorative poses are emphasized.

Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 23 to May 19
11 to 11:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-001, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-001
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 23 to May 19
9 to 9:50 a.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-002, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-002
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 24 to May 19
5 to 5:50 p.m.
Non-credit: FITN-1904-003, $142; Lifelong Learner $73.50
Credit: PHYS-1904-003
Physical Education Center (PEC), Room 137

Healthy Living Suite

In this program you’ll learn how to establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss and weight maintenance for a lifetime. You’ll learn how to save money and prepare home-cooked meals that are fast, easy and delicious, and how to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables that can be used in your meals.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Healthy Relationships Suite

Learn how to build a strong foundation for your relationships that will last in the Healthy Relationship Suite. You'll also discover interpersonal communication codes and how you can form better responses when dealing with others and engage in self-discovery by looking at your skills and creative abilities to boost your confidence.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $299
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Helping Elderly Parents

Discover how to appreciate and cherish your aging parents. This course will help you learn what to expect, what to watch for, how to deal with physical and emotional challenges, and where to find resources to help as your parent or loved ones transition into their golden years.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals

Learn to create delicious and nutritious meals by reducing fat without sacrificing flavor. This course provides tips on menu planning and quicker cooking, and it allows you to try out over 50 exciting lower-fat recipes.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led, $99
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Women’s Health Bundle

This course combines Perinatal Issues, Violence Prevention and Awareness, and Women’s Health Issues as you learn about the well-being of women, women’s rights, and empowerment.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Bundle, $259
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. Class enrollment will be capped 5 days prior to class start for cooking classes to ensure course preparation. If you do not receive your course information at least two days prior to class, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208.

Hands-On Cooking Classes

Class enrollments are capped one week prior to class start. All ingredients and supplies will be provided for in-person cooking classes. For virtual classes, students will need a computer or other media device with a camera and microphone. For virtual classes, students will supply ingredients and a supply list will be emailed before class. 

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Appetizers do not have to be little landmines in the healthy eating battle.  Be prepared for parties and gatherings this holiday season.  Learn to make flavor-packed and  healthy starters that will be sure to please even the biggest grinch!  Instructor: Lesley Shworles

Saturday, Dec. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-016, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot Cocoa Bombs make a great gift hostess gift or stocking stuffer and are a wonderful way to warm up on a cold dreary day. Learn how to make and decorate these delightful treats.  You will be amazed with the fun variety of flavors and decorative touches packed into this creative, culinary session. Instructor: Lesley Shworles

Saturday, Dec. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
LEISR-0004-015, $79
Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1013

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630) 942-2208. 

Wow, What a Great Event

Are you planning a special event and could use some helpful advice? Considering event planning as a future career or curious about what other event planners are doing? This event planning course has all that and more! Discover how all the pieces in the event planning process fit together to make any size or type of event successful, whether it's for your family or friends, your employer, or your favorite charity. You'll learn about themes, venues, menus, entertainment, décor, and much, much more. You will develop skills, find resources, and gain confidence to plan any event.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

How to Start a Pet Sitting Business

If you're an animal lover, find out how you can start your own pet sitting business to translate your passion into a profitable career! In this course, you will master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and the identification of common diseases. You will discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208. 

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Fall 2022 Class Schedule

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level I

Start exploring the beautiful language and culture of Brazil in this conversational beginning level class. Learn the basics of Brazilian Portuguese, including common vocabulary and expressions to help you interact with native speakers in everyday situations. Get acquainted with the essentials of Brazilian Portuguese grammar and learn basic expressions in natural communication in the language. Develop basic verbal and written communication skills while exploring Brazilian culture in this fun, interactive class. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Edition. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level II

Build on concepts learned from conversational Brazilian Portuguese I and expand your understanding of language structures, vocabulary, communication skills and information about the culture and geography of Brazil. While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN- 13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Brazilian Portuguese Level III

This class is intended for intermediate to advanced level students that are interested in advancing their oral communication and listening skills as well as college students intending to pass the oral proficiency Interview in Portuguese. (OPI-Portuguese). While the emphasis is on conversation, class also includes grammar. Required textbook: Bom Dia, Brasil, 3rd Ed. (ISBN-13: 978-0300116311)

Conversational Mandarin Chinese I

Immerse yourself in a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Mandarin Chinese. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 1 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205637218). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese II

Add to your Mandarin Chinese vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Beginning Chinese, Simplified Character Version, Level 1/Part 2, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-0205691968). Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational Mandarin Chinese III

A continuation of conversational Mandarin Chinese I and II with increased emphasis on listening, speaking and complex sentences. Gain a deeper perspective of Chinese culture and learn to read and comprehend written Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese I and II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Chinese Link: Intermediate Chinese, Level 2/Part 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780205782802) is the textbook for intermediate level 3 Chinese learners. Instructor: Yvonne Mao

Conversational French I

Discover a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French,
Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436).

Conversational French II

Add to your French vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of French culture and learn to read and comprehend written French. Recommended textbook: Living Language French, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307478436). Prerequisite: French I or equivalent experience

Beginning Conversational Hindi I

Delve into the Hindi language and Indian culture through the consideration of cultural themes, vocabulary and phrases. Learn about this rich and complex culture as you explore basic terminology and expressions. This class is for participants with little or no knowledge of the Hindi language and Indian culture. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415)

Conversational Hindi II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Hindi I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition (ISBN :978-0307972415).

Conversational Italian I

Join our class to learn to read and write in Italian. Learn practical vocabulary including numbers and days of the week. The class helps you introduce yourself, describe how you’re feeling and engage in conversations regarding your personal life. Participants learn correct pronunciation and sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Italian. No textbook required.

Conversational Italian II

In Italian II, learn to talk about different activities you and your family participate in and how often, and to describe weather conditions, seasons, and special occasions and events. We also cover the vocabulary for emotions, and introduce the future tense. Italian II builds upon material covered in Italian I and, therefore, the completion of Italian I is recommended, but not required. Some previous knowledge of the Italian language is required in order to attend this course. No textbook.

Conversational Italian III

In Italian III, continue to solidify what you have learned in Italian I and II. Acquire vocabulary for clothing, colors, favorite styles and accessories, and what is worn in different seasons and occasions. Converse about why we like specific clothing items and describe past shopping experiences. Students are introduced to the past tense. Participation in Italian III requires conversational knowledge of the topics covered in Italian I and II, as well as the present and future tenses. No textbook.

Beginning Conversational Japanese I

Students learn practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before. In this seven-week class, learn some basic conversational skills, such as greetings, counting and simple everyday phrases. Read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required book: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Japanese II

Continue to expand on your knowledge of practical, elementary conversational skills based on comprehension of basic grammar and correct pronunciation. This level is for students who have not studied Japanese before and completed Beginning Japanese I. Continue to learn how to read and recognize hiragana characters. The goal of the class is to begin to speak Japanese and enjoy the process of learning. Required textbook: Japanese for Busy People (ISBN: 978-1568363844).

Beginning Conversational Korean I

Learn to speak Korean for leisure in our beginning classes. Topics covered include elementary level Korean conversational skills with simple everyday phrases while learning aspects of Korean culture. This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of Korean language. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Beginning Conversational
Korean II

Continue to build your knowledge from beginner’s conversational Korean language I to enhance your speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills. Students continue to practice oral use of the language in everyday situations with an emphasis on cultural traditions and elements. Textbook: Living Language Korean (ISBN 978-0307972231).

Conversational Polish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733).

Conversational Polish II

Add to your Polish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Polish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Polish. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733). Prerequisite: Polish I or equivalent experience.

Conversational Polish III

This class is for those with an intermediate
knowledge of Polish looking to further improve their conversation skills. Build confidence in oral and written communication Prerequisite: Polish II or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Polish Doesn’t Bite! (ISBN: 9788362482733)

Conversational Russian I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Russian. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101).

Conversational Russian II

Add to your Russian vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Russian culture and learn to read and comprehend written Russian. Prerequisite: Russian I or equivalent experience. Recommended textbook: Living Language Russian, Complete Edition (ISBN: 978-0307972101)

Beginning Sign Language Level I

Develop skills in sign language and an appreciation of deaf culture. Sessions include elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Express yourself using basic sign vocabulary, fingerspelling and body and facial expressions.Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Intermediate Sign Language Level II

A continuation of skills acquired in Beginning Sign Language, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463). Prerequisite: Beginning Sign Language or equivalent experience

Sign Language Level III

A continuation of skills acquired in Sign Language Level II, this class combines elements of American Sign Language and English word order. Prerequisite: Sign Language II or equivalent experience. Required textbook: Signs of the Time (ISBN: 978 156 368 4463).

Conversational Spanish I

Explore a new culture and language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Learn practical vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the basic sentence structure necessary to understand and begin to formulate conversations in Spanish.

Conversational Spanish II

Add to your Spanish vocabulary and improve conversational skills through practical dialogues. Gain a deeper perspective of Spanish culture and learn to read and comprehend written Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent experience. No textbook.

Conversational Spanish III

Interactive activities help expand your Spanish conversation skills learned in previous levels. Focus on additional grammar concepts to improve reading and writing skills while exploring this fascinating culture. Prerequisite: Spanish II or equivalent experience. No textbook. 

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Don’t Let the Holidays Stress You Out

Feelings of anxiety or stress are never pleasant and many of us have varying interpretations of what stress is. Knowing how to handle stress and challenges prevent mental and physical harm to our bodies. We will look at different methods of stress reduction and relaxation, including the use of exercise meditation, labyrinths, mandalas, Qigong and Tai Chi. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Dec. 7
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-004, $39
Virtual Classroom

Mindfulness Meditation

Train your mind the way you train your body for the perfect way to stay centered with our Chopra Center-certified meditation instructor. Learn centuries-old meditation techniques to relax and increase your overall sense of well-being. Explore the benefits of developing a regular meditation practice to improve health, strengthen the immune system, and release stress and anxiety. A textbook is recommended, but not required. Instructor: Stephanie Frantz

Mindfulness Workshop: Holiday Stress Buster

Wednesday, Dec. 7
8 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0061-006, $15
Virtual Classroom

Say Goodbye to Antacids

Do you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion? Learn gentle, effective exercises that have the potential to reduce or eliminate these issues. Instructor: John Robertson

Wednesday, Nov. 16
6 to 9 p.m.
LEISR-0067-003, $39
Virtual Classroom

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? In this course, you'll learn about the various stages of health and illness and discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Using a variety of methods like diet, hydrotherapy, positive attitude, relaxation, yoga, chiropractic, natural remedies and more, you'll explore way to achieve total health in mind, body, and spirit. By the end of this course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing! 

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Skills for Making Great Decisions

Learn how to make excellent everyday decisions from an experienced counselor and life coach. This course will help you discover how to effectively deal with a crisis, how to use your emotions as decision-making tools, and how to work with others to make the most of every opportunity.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Private music lessons are available for most traditional band and orchestra instrument for all ages through the Music Academy.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Virtual classes are offered via zoom except for Ed2Go online courses. If you do not receive a link to your course at least two days before, please contact our registration staff at (630)942-2208.

Harmonica Private Lessons

Online private harmonica lessons are available with instructor David Kachalon. Sessions are 30 minutes long for a total of 4 hours and are conducted through the Zoom platform.

Group Classes

Beginning Harmonica

Come have fun learning tricks and techniques to playing the harmonica! Learn simple songs, proper breathing and basic blow/draw patterns. Students should bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. No prior music or harmonica experience required. Instructor: David Kachalon

Sunday, Jan. 29 to March 19
1 to 2:30 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-006, $149
Virtual Classroom

The Fugue Unraveled

What makes a fugue a fugue? This course is designed to foster an increased understanding and appreciation of this complex, yet amazingly beautiful, straightforward genre. Explore the workings of a Johann Sebastian Bach fugue as it is analyzed uncovering requisite parts and motifs. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Thursday, April 13
6 to 8 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-001, $24; Lifelong Learner $19
On Campus Glen Ellyn

History of Modern Piano

Discover the rich and interesting history of the
evolution of the modern piano, from hammered
dulcimers to acoustic pianos. Explore the allusions
to composers, mechanics of the piano and various
interesting relevant points in music history.
Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Thursday, Feb. 9 and 16
6 to 8 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-008, $49; Lifelong Learner $39
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Introduction to Guitar

Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. The classical guitar skills you master in this course allow you to play any style of music, from hard rock to country-and-western.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Enjoy the ease of learning and playing the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Students learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs and moving up to basic pop tunes. You don’t need to have previous musical instrument training. The course fee includes a ukulele and an electronic tuner.

Saturday, Feb. 25
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-004, $140
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Music Models: Cracking the Code: Chords, Keys, and Clefs

Discover the art of music and learn to decode basic music principles. This course offers a survey of basic music models ranging from how to read the Circle of Fifths, identifies four types of triads, and how to discern keys and navigate treble, base and other clefs. Instructor: Cheryl Boyle

Thursday, March 2 to 23
6 to 8 p.m.
MUSIC-0001-002, $99; Lifelong Learner $89
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Music Made Easy

Gain complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony and recognize pitches on the musical staff and keyboard. By the end of this course, read, write and even play simple pieces of music!

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Ukulele: Next Steps

Enjoy the next level of instruction with the ukulele. This versatile instrument can be used for all kinds of music from classical to pop. Students should know the basic chords and will learn more advanced songs and group jamming. Bring a tuned ukulele and pitch pipe. A new song book is provided.

Saturday, April 1
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-005, $49
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Ukulele for Couples

Adult couples learn about the ukulele and how to play it, starting with basic chords and common songs and moving up to basic pop tunes. No previous musical instrument training is required. The course fee includes two ukuleles and electronic tuners. Register by phone, (630) 942-2208. Please have registration information for each partner.

Saturday, March 4
9 a.m. to noon
MUSIC-0001-020, $219
Naperville Center

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

See below for a sample of classes offered or view the full Spring 2023 Class Schedule. Classes and lessons are offered both in-person and online. Online classes are offered through Ed2Go.

Beginning Photography

Learn how to better use your camera and explore basic topics such as camera function, lighting, composition, lenses, filters and specialized photography. Assignments include shooting digitally or with film. Instructor: Erica Benson

Tuesday, Feb. 7 to March 21
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-001, $199
On Campus in Glen Ellyn

Beyond Beginning Photography

Sharpen your camera skills as you increase your ability to see photographically and compose better images. Students work on individual projects of their choosing. Instructor: Erica Benson

Tuesday, April 4 to May 16
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-003, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Black and White Photography

Challenge your photography skills and learn techniques to capture beautiful monochromatic images. Explore the heightened emphasis on composition, texture, contrast and tones when you photograph without the distraction of color. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, Feb. 15 to March 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-011, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Capturing Family Memories

Develop your photography skills while recording family memories! Explore taking family pictures at parties and practice portraits and candid shots. Common settings for digital cameras are also covered. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Tuesday, April 25 to May 16
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-009, $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Cell Phone Photography

Learn how to better utilize the photography features of your cell phone camera. Topics include general photography instruction, optimum file sizing, downloading and organizing photos to your computer and more. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Tuesday, Feb. 7 to 28
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-012, $79
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Color Versus Black and

White Photography

Explore color theory and use techniques to establish mood and add intrigue to your images. Discover the effects of black and white photography to enhance your images. Instructor: Erica Benson

Wednesday, April 5 to May 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-010, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Digital Camera Operation

Learn to use the functions and features of your digital camera. Topics include downloading photos, image resolution and compression, locking focus and built-in scene or shooting modes. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Thursday, Feb. 2 to March 16
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-002, $159
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Digital Camera Operation - Beyond Basics

Explore further into the use and functions of your digital camera with increased confidence and skill. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Thursday, April 6 to May 18
7 to 9 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-004, $159
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Introduction to Lightroom - Classic CC

Save time as you enhance and manage your digital photos. This course shows you how to effectively edit and organize photos using Lightroom Classic CC with hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises that help you perfect your digital photo collections.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $119
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Natural Beauty- Black and White Photography

Capture the beauty of nature in black and white. This dynamic photography course explores techniques in composition and lighting and examines elements of black and white photography that help enhance your creative eye.  Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, Feb. 18 to March 18
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
PHOTO-0001-014, $149
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Natural Beauty—Spring Photography

Capture the beauty of spring. Explore camera and composition techniques to photograph leaves, trees, landscapes, insects and weather. Understand the performance of proper exposures to gain photography skills through demonstrations, classroom lectures and practice in off-site locations, including forest preserves.
Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, April 8 to May 20
9:30 a.m. to noon
PHOTO-0001-007, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Photography Workshop- Lighting

Learn the disciplines of lighting and discover how to use studio lighting equipment in a hands-on environment. Lighting equipment is provided for student use. Please bring your own camera. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, March 11 and 18
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-005, $49
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Photography Workshop-

Photo Editing

Learn how to use Photoshop and apply techniques to make your photos look more creative. Please bring digital images on a flash drive or via camera hookup to this hands-on workshop. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, Feb. 18 and 25
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-013, $49
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer

Master the use of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to edit and enhance your digital images and give them a professional polish. This course includes simple, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the many tools that make this software so popular and unique.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (self-paced)
Register at www.ed2go.com/dupage

Sports Photography Workshop

Learn how to capture action shots of your favorite sports and events and explore the difference between candid and posed photographs and how to get the best results for each situation. Students are encouraged to practice techniques mentioned in class and share their work for class discussion. It is recommended that students own a camera with a stop-action setting. Instructor: Erica Benson

Saturday, April 22 and 29
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-006, $49
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Travel Photography

Document your life’s adventures! Develop the skills to capture the architecture, events and people you encounter on your travels and explorations. Instructor: Kate Quinn

Saturday, April 22 and 29
1 to 3 p.m.
PHOTO-0001-006, $49
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Register online today by visiting myaccess.cod.edu or call (630) 942-2208.

Courses will be offered virtually and class meetings will be held via Zoom. A meeting invite will be shared with the email we have on file before class begins.

A to Z Grant Writing

This course provides students with the hands-on experience and knowledge they need to successfully begin the planning process for projects in need of grant funding. An approach to grantseeking begins with thinking about why the funding is needed and involving the grant applicant's stakeholders in the planning process.

Ed2Go Instructor-Led Course, $109
Online (Self-Paced)
Registration Information: www.ed2go.com/dupage

Creative Writing

You love to write and arrange words on a page,but you are not sure what you want to write. Paul Barile—published novelist/playwright/poet—guides you through a series of exercises designed to unlock the writer within. Explore a different genre of writing each week and discover which appeals to you and your writing style. Instructor: Paul Barile

Memoir Writing

We all have a story of a life lived among family and friends. Learn how to tell yours with Chicago writer and actor Paul Barile. Using a variety of tools and prompts, create a piece of literary non-fiction that reflects who you are and what makes your experience unique. Through the course of the day, identify the most important moments of your life and turn them into stories for readers. There is no topic too marginal or too grand. You just might be amazed at how many people would be interested in hearing your story.

Short Story Writing

The short story is a time-honored tradition for writers. The challenge for the writer is to pack all of the essential elements into a story that is just a few pages long. Using a combination of writing prompts, in-class writing and discussion, students complete this session with a draft of a short story as well as direction in marketing it. Writer Paul Barile has had short stories published in a variety of magazines and ‘zines.’

Writing Poetry

Using prompts and in class writing, create poetry in the various forms. Discover haikus and cinquains as well as sonnets and free verse. Break down the forms of traditions styles and create our own work. Devote some class time to learning how to use social media to promote and publish your work.

Writing Workshop

Join like-minded writers working in a variety of genres, including short story, novel, poetry, flash fiction, screenplay and creative non-fiction. Get friendly support, critique and encouragement,regular assignments and deadlines that help get the work done. Instructor: Mardelle Fortier.

COD Faculty Stories

Richard Morton

"The best way you can learn a computer application or operating system is by exploring it. You learn from mistakes and chances." - Richard Morton

Richard's COD Story

COD Faculty Stories

Kathleen Mullin

"Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have." - Kathleen Mullin

Kathleen's COD Story

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Email: CE@cod.edu