Learning Communities Courses

Fall 2017 Semester


Charting Your Course

Engage in career exploration while developing an understanding of the communication process and fundamental workplace communication skills, especially in the contexts of intrapersonal, small group and public communication. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1105-LC003 and SPEEC-1100-LC003.

Information: Contact Lauren Morgan at (630) 942-2007, morgan@cod.edu or Sara Kirby at kirbys371@cod.edu.

EDUCA-1105-LC003, Career Development
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 to 10:50 a.m..

SPEEC-1100-LC035, Fundamentals of Speech Communication Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Connections: Mind and Voice

Level up in English and psychology by taking two courses with gamers in mind. Earn XP and rewards as you hone your writing skills and learn about the human mind. Go on solo and group missions to earn the best grade you can in this unique combination of courses. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC017 and PSYCH-1100-LC017.

Information: Contact Carly Huegelmann at huegel@cod.edu or Patrick O'Connor at oconnorp10@cod.edu.

ENGLI-1101-LC017, Composition I
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m...

PSYCH-1100-LC017, General Psychology                                   Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

English Language Community: Speech and Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

Students from various countries and cultures around the world work together as a special community of learners 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-LC004 and SPEEC-1100-LC004.

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

ENGLI-1101-LC004, English Composition I                                 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

SPEEC-1100-LC004, Fundamentals of Speech Communication Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Human Resources Management (HRM) Certificate Learning Community

This Learning Community offers students who have previously completed the MANAG 2240 (HR Management) course to concurrently complete the three advanced HRM courses required for earning the HRM certificate. The three courses will be team-taught and integrated throughout the 16-week term in a 50% hybrid format. To participate, you must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC017, MANAG-2245-LC017 and MANAG-2248-LC017. 

Information: contact Jane Murtaugh at (630) 942-2821, murtaugh@cod.edu.

MANAG-2242-LC017, Talent Acquisition and Retention                          Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m..

MANAG-2245-LC017, Workforce Development and Compensation       Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

MANAG-2248-LC017, Strategic Human Resource Management      Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Introduction to the Arts and Information Literacy: Understanding the Human Experience Through the Critical Evaluation of Information

Explore how the arts have shaped human experience through the study of performing and visual arts, literature, philosophy and religion, while learning how to find and critically evaluate information resources that shed light on your understanding of the arts. This course will cover a survey of significant events and artistic expressions beginning in the 20th century. You will learn information literacy essentials, including how information is organized, the processes used in conducting research, how to evaluate information and the ethical use of information. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1820-LC003 and HUMNT-1101-LC003

Information: Contact Timothy Clifford at (630) 942-4263, clifford@cod.edu or Kenneth Orenic at (630) 942-2338, orenick@cod.edu.

EDUCA-1820-LC003, Research in the Information Age                          Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 12:50 p.m.

HUMNT-1101-LC003, Introduction to the Arts                                Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

In Your Write Mind

Who are you? How do you interact with your world? Learn to put these thoughts into words as you explore how to navigate college learning and life. Develop an effective mindset for college-level courses and strengthen your skills as a successful college student though interpersonal, analytical and argumentative writing. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC008 and PSYCH-1100-LC008.

Information: Contact Trina Sotirakopulos at (630) 942-2177, sotirakopulost@cod.edu or Sarah Butler at (630) 942-2035, butlers584@cod.edu.

English-1101-LC008, Composition I                                             Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

PSYCH-1100-LC008, Introduction to Psychology
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

Honors Seminar: Seed, Soil and the Soul: A Critical Analysis of World Food Practices

This honors seminar combines biology and film to explore food as a key to understanding human cultures and human relationships with the environment. Since food encompasses a wide variety of human activities, the study of food offers a rich and unique focal point from which to engage in an interdisciplinary inquiry. Through topics relating to the production and consumption of food, this learning community will focus on the interface of scientific thought and film to explore the ways in which the disciplines of biology and film studies complement each other in understanding the most fundamental of human activities: feeding ourselves. Learning methods include film viewing, class discussion, independent labs, field trips, reflective writing and service learning. To participate, you must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-FS004 and ENGLI-1154-FS004. Fee: $30 (includes transportation). Tuition is extra.

Information: Contact Deborah Adelman at (630) 942-3406, adelman@cod.edu or Shamili Ajgaonkar at (630) 942-2123, sandifor@cod.edu.

BIOLO-1110-LC004, Environmental Biology                                        Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

ENGLI-1154-LC004, Film as Literature                                           Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.

Video Games and the Stories That Make Them

This learning community examines the narrative elements of video games, including but not limited to plot structure, character development, genre, style, narrative point-of-view, folklore and symbolism. If you're interested in video games, particularly those kinds of games that depend upon a narrative base for how they work, these classes are for you. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC010 and ENGLI-1130-LC010.

Information: Contact Jason Snart at (630) 942-2033, snartj@cod.edu or Tim Henningsen at (630) 942-2276, henningsent@cod.edu.

English-1101-LC010, Composition I                                           
Tuesday and Thursday,11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..

English-1130-LC010, Introduction to Literature

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

Honors Seminar: Visions of (Im-) Perfect Societies: Social Utopias and Dystopias

For Honor students only. This seminar combines the study of world literature with the analysis of political ideologies by examining a variety of utopias and dystopias from the earliest examples in ancient Greece to the present day. Since utopias/dystopias deal with idealized or future forms of societies, they are the perfect genre to explore the intersection of literature and political science. Through careful reading and text analysis, you will examine what utopias tell us about past and current social problems, what role they play in the development of political ideology, and how they can help us set goals or avoid mistakes. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-2226-HON01 and POLS-1160-HON01.

Information: Contact Jim Allen at (630) 942-3421, allenj@cod.edu or Chris Goergen at (630) 942-2012, goergen@cod.edu.

English-2226-HON01, Masterpiece of World Literature                     Monday and Wednesday,1 to 2:15 p.m..

POLS-1160-HON01, Modern Political Ideologies
Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.



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.

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