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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 Fall 2022 semester.

Struggling to find your path? Determine your major? Choose a career? Are fear and anxiety blocking your path? Join Charting Your Course, combining Career Development and Fundamentals of Speech as we help you explore, navigate and design a path that will support you in moving through college and into the workplace while developing necessary skills employers want. Along the way, you’ll develop a resume, learn to interview, and learn to communicate powerfully to land the job you want. Must co-enroll in COLLG-1105-LC010 and SPEEC-1100-LC010.

COLLG-1105-LC010, Career Development (Gen Ed: CLS)

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

SPEEC-1100-LC010, Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Gen Ed: Comm)

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

Information: Devin Chambers, chambersd62@cod.edu OR Lauren Morgan, morgan@cod.edu

You know you’re interested in a career in business, yet you may not be clear on how to get started building your path to the career you want. This learning community combines Career Development and Fundamentals of Speech to explore, navigate and design a path that will support you in moving through college and into the workplace while developing necessary skills employers want. Along the way, you’ll develop a resume and LinkedIn profile while learning to interview, communicate powerfully, and land the job you want. Must co-enroll in COLLG-1105-LC021 and SPEEC-1100-LC021.

COLLG-1105-LC021, Career Development (Gen Ed: CLS)

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

SPEEC-1100-LC021, Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Gen Ed: Comm)

Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Information: Trudi Coutts, couttst@cod.edu OR Cassandra Wingert, wingertc@cod.edu

You know you’re interested in a career in STEM, yet you may not be clear on how to get started building a path to the career you want. This learning community combines Career Development and Fundamentals of Speech to explore, navigate and design a path that will support you in moving through college and into the workplace while developing necessary skills employers want. Along the way, you’ll develop a resume and LinkedIn profile while learning to interview, communicate powerfully and land the job you want. Must co-enroll in COLLG-1105-LC018 and SPEEC-1100-LC018.

COLLG-1105-LC018, Career Development (Gen Ed: CLS)

Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

SPEEC-1100-LC018, Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Gen Ed: Comm)

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Information: Mike Klimczak, klimczakm2284@cod.edu OR Beth Baker, bakere168@cod.edu

This Human Resources Management (HRM) Certificate learning community integrates three HRM courses designed to provide advanced study in talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, performance management, HR operations and structure, HR strategic planning, HR ethical leadership practices, business acumen, and HR expertise. Students work collaboratively on problem- solving and HR process development during weekly in-class sessions and also gain skills and experiences in HR processes and policies. These are 50 percent hybrid courses requiring additional weekly coursework outside of the classroom. Must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC018, MANAG-2245-LC018 and MANAG-2248-LC018.

MANAG-2242-LC018, Talent Acquisition and Retention

Wednesday, 6 to 7:05 p.m.

MANAG-2245-LC018, Compensation, Benefits and Performance Management

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

MANAG-2248-LC018, Strategic HR Management

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

Hybrid format: a blend of traditional and alternative instruction. Internet access is required.

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

This course evaluates the role that social media play(ed/s) in the spread of information and misinformation in the COVID-19 pandemic. Develop critical thinking skills based off the principles of the scientific method and information literacy. Earn your general education credit in biology and learn how to ask and answer scientific questions. NOTE: These courses are taught in the fully online format. Internet access is required. Must co-enroll in BIOLO-1100-LC025 and EDUCA-1116-LC025.

BIOLO-1100-LC025, Survey of Biology (Gen Ed: Bio Sci)

Online

EDUCA-1116-LC025, Research in the Information Age

Online

Information: Laura Burt-Nicholas, burt-nicholasl@cod.edu OR Beth Shaffer-McCarthy, shaffer-mccarthye@cod.edu

The study of food offers a rich focal point to engage in cross-disciplinary inquiry of human societies, cultures and our relationships with the environment. We explore challenges of the current food system, and imagine one that is sustainable and achieves the principles of food justice. We examine modes of food production and consumption choices, consider questions of food access, hunger and poverty, and explore impacts of globalization on food. This learning community includes reading, discussion, independent labs, independent film viewing, reflection, civic engagement, service learning and field trips. We will map out a sustainable food system that offers solutions for feeding ourselves in a way that respects ecology, values diversity, builds resilient communities and is based on social justice. Fee: $30 (includes virtual or in-person field trips). Required tuition is extra. Must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-LC022 and either ENGLI-1135-LC022 or MPTV-1135-LC022.

BIOLO-1110-LC022, Environmental Biology (Gen Ed: Bio Sci)

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

ENGLI-1135-LC022 or MPTV-1135-LC022, Introduction to Film Art (Gen Ed: Hum/Fine Arts)

Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Information: Deborah Adelman, adelman@cod.edu OR Shamili Ajgaonkar, sandifor@cod.edu

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
Email: allenj@cod.edu