Learning Communities Courses

Spring 2017 Semester


Body Language

Becoming a healthcare professional involves learning a dizzying array of terms and phrases unique to the field. Intended for healthcare majors, this learning community focuses on mastering the language of medicine while exploring the mechanics of the human body. During this learning community, you will learn and apply medical terminology by studying the most fundamental subject of healthcare: the human anatomy. To participate, you must co-enroll in ANAT-1500-LC030 and HLTHS 1110-LC030

Information: Contact Nancy Feulner at feulner@cod.edu, (630) 942-2124 or John Myers at myersj146@cod.edu.

ANAT-1500-LC030, Survey of Human A & P
Monday and Friday, 9 to 9:50 a.m.                                        Wednesday, 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

HLTHS-1110-LC030, Biomedical Terminology                              Wednesday, 10 to 11:50 a.m.

Breath, Body and Brain: Communicating Consciously

If you are uncomfortable with or fearful of speaking in public, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 75 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from a fear of speaking in public. Combining the general education requirement Speech 1100 with the relaxation techniques of Hatha Yoga I, this learning community will help you to reduce anxiety and manage the fear of public speaking. To participate, you must co-enroll in PHYS-1901-LC035 and SPEEC-1100-LC035

Information: Contact Patricia Fiske at fiskep@cod.edu or Lauren Morgan at morgan@cod.edu, (630) 942-2007

PHYS-1901-LC035, Hatha Yoga I
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 to 5:50 p.m.

SPEEC-1100-LC035, Fundamentals of Speech Communication Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

English Language Community

During this learning community, students from various countries and cultures around the world work together to improve writing and speaking skills, while also learning about global cultures from each other. Share your unique backgrounds and common problems as non-native speakers of English in a lively and supportive learning environment. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC040 and SPEEC-1100-LC040.

Information: Contact Tia Greenfield at greenfie@cod.edu, (630) 942-2006 or Chris Miller at millerc@cod.edu, (630) 942-2823.

ENGLI-1101-LC040, English Composition I                                 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

SPEEC-1100-LC040, Fundamentals of Speech Communication Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Physics of Politics

This highly interactive Honors learning community combines the study of physics with the analysis of American politics by examining a variety of topics that are based on physical concepts but which have caused intensive political debate. Topics include traditional and alternative forms of energy, climate change, the peaceful and military use of nuclear power, electrical power generation and power grids, environmental problems and more. You will gain a basic understanding of the physical processes while applying that knowledge to the political discussion taking place in the U.S. Congress and the mass media. To participate, you must co-enroll in PHYSI-1150-HON01 and POLS-1101-HON01.

Information: Contact Tom Carter at cartert@cod.edu, (630) 942-3346 or Christian Goergen at goergen@cod.edu, (630) 942-2012.

PHYSI-1150-HON01 Physics and Society                                     Monday and Wednesday, 8 to 9:15 a.m.

POLS-1101-HON01 American Politics                                               Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:45 p.m.

Planetary Ethics

Living in a global environment will require imaginative, creative and reflective abilities to deal with the environmental challenges on this crowded planet. This seminar combines Environmental Biology with Environmental Ethics to explore human relationships with the environment. Investigate how nature works, how things are interconnected and how theories and principles of ethics are applied to major areas of environmental concern. Connect conceptual discussions with practical experiences during field trips and visits to COD's community farm. Both satisfy general education requirements and Environmental Biology satisfies the lab science requirement. Fee: $25 (includes transportation). Tuition is extra. To participate, you must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-LC035 and PHILO-1116-LC035

Information: Contact Shamili Ajgaonkar at sandifor@cod.edu, (630) 942-2123 or Eva Maria Raepple at raepple@cod.edu, (630) 942-3983.

PHILO-1116-LC035, Environmental Ethics                                  Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

BIOLO-1110-LC035, Environmental Biology                                 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.

Research as Narrative

This learning community examines the fundamental role of research and rhetoric (i.e., persuasion) within the world of knowledge creation, while exploring academic discourse, bias, credibility, objectivity and community writing in the digital world. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1820-LC045 and ENGLI-1102-LC045

Information: Contact Tim Henningsen at henningsent@cod.edu, (630) 942-2276 or Jason Ertz at ertzja@cod.edu, (630) 942-3317.

EDUCA-1820-LC045 Research in the Information Age                Monday and Wednesday, 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.

ENGLI-1102-LC045 English Composition
Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Watercolors and Webcams: Using Digital Tools to Explore the Arts

Explore the Humanities using education-enhancing technology and tools such as video creation/collection, reflective practice, project learning, and blogging. You will create collaborative projects, YouTube playlists, and video presentations while you build an online portfolio. Assignments will highlight technologies relevant to the arts, your other courses, and your current and future career. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-2780-LC032 and HUMNT-1101-LC032. Both courses are offered completely online. For information about online courses, visit www.cod.edu/online.

Information: Contact Julia DiLiberti at dilibert@cod.edu, (630) 942-2578 or Nancy O'Sullivan at osulliva@cod.edu, (630) 942-2364.

EDUCA-2780-LC032 Video Applications                                        Online

HUMNT-1101-LC032 Introduction to Humanities: The Arts             Online

For information about online courses, visit www.cod.edu/online.



Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421

Learning Communities at COD


Learning Communities

Diverse courses of study are linked by way of a common theme, offering different perspectives on subjects.