Learning Resources Division
The Learning Resources Division encompasses a number of academic support departments, including the Library, the Learning Commons, the Online College, and the Testing Center. Staff are here to assist with any type of course taken at College of DuPage. The division is staffed by a dedicated group of individuals that have been trained to provide the support students need. Individual departments and services include the following:
The Library serves on- and off-campus programs at College of DuPage, providing teaching and learning materials to support and enrich students’ educational experience. The 100,000-square-foot facility in the Student Resource Center on the Glen Ellyn campus provides comfortable seating, individual study space, group study rooms, public computers and AV equipment for use by students. The Library houses a wide variety of informational resources for students, faculty, staff and community members. These materials include more than 225,000 books, 470 periodicals, and many non-print materials such as ebooks, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks.
The Library’s website is the gateway to a wide variety of library services and research resources. An online catalog provides easy look-up of library materials. Also available are many specialized research databases with factual information and references to journal, magazine and newspaper articles, many of them full text. These too, may be accessed remotely by registered Library users. Every public computer in the Library also has full Internet access and a variety of applications such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Library services include the circulation of print and non-print materials, reference service, library and information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan and access to computers. Specialized collections include the College and Career Information Center (CCIC) and the Philanthropy Center. The Circulation Desk provides borrowers’ services, and checks out audiovisual equipment to students, faculty and staff. Classroom delivery of equipment is provided upon the request of the instructor.
Information Literacy Instruction Program
The mission of the Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program is to teach students to be effective users and producers of ideas and information. The program provides students with varied opportunities for acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to become information literate. The program is administered through class sessions with library faculty, free workshops, and the Library’s Research 101 online tutorial.
The Learning Commons provides Tutoring Services, and Math, Reading, Writing and Speech Assistance. It is also home to Course Connections which includes Blackboard, MyAccess, and Flexible Learning course support. Services are free of charge for students who are either having difficulty completing their coursework or are seeking to enhance their grade or their skills. The off-campus Learning Commons in the Naperville and Westmont Regional Centers provide testing services, digital library resources, and a student computer lab. At these off-campus locations, students are also able to meet with an instructor, work independently or collaborate in small groups on projects in a one-stop environment.
Flexible Learning (Flex)
Students may enroll in flexible, self-paced courses that fit their busy schedules and their lifestyles. Flexible Learning courses cover the same content and instructional goals as the classroom version and carry the full credit course listed in this Catalog. The content is delivered via printed materials, audiovisual media and the Internet. Course offerings include numerous courses in subject areas such as Developmental English, Foreign Languages, Health Science, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. These courses are listed in the Class Schedule as Flexible Learning Courses and are offered through Course Connections in the Learning Commons on campus in Glen Ellyn. Many courses are also offered at off-campus Learning Commons in the Naperville and Westmont Regional Centers.
COD Online (Internet Courses)
Internet or online courses are designed to offer students a flexible alternative to traditional classes, which eliminates the constraints of fixed class schedules and locations. Online instructors do expect regular participation, computer literacy and student-initiated contact. Some courses require a visit to a testing location for proctored exams. Internet courses contain the same content as the traditional classroom versions and are recorded on the student’s transcript in the same manner. Courses needed to complete an associate’s degree as well as several certificates are available online. Students should visit the COD Online website for a current course list and specific technology requirements for Internet-delivered courses.
The Testing Center provides both academic and specialized testing to assist COD community members and students. The Academic Testing department administers the COD COMPASS placement and course tests, as well as the TABE test, Health Science program entrance exams, and career interest and personality inventory tests.
The Specialized Testing department offers the GED Tests, proctoring services, and high-stakes certification exams. Many testing services are also offered at COD regional centers and off-campus Learning Commons.
College of DuPage is the official site for administration of the General Educational
Development (GED) Tests for DuPage County residents. GED Testing offers adults who
have not completed high school the opportunity to take the GED Tests and earn the
Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate from the State of Illinois. The paper
version of the GED Tests is offered on a regular basis in English, Spanish and French.
An online version of the GED test is also available. No formal preparation is required
to take the GED Tests, however; individuals may take GED preparation courses through
the College to prepare for the tests.
Learning Resources Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room , (630) 942-2351
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