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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.
  • 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 Spring 2022 semester.

Explore how social psychology and aspects of the courtroom environment are integrated. Investigate how social psychological theories and principles can be systematically applied to various components of the legal process including, but not limited to, criminal defense accountability within the justice systems, and legal and public policy. NOTE: Hybrid format: a blend of traditional classroom and alternative instruction.

Must co-enroll in CRIMJ-1153-LC035 and PSYCH-2240-LC035.

CRIMJ-1153-LC035, Courts, Evidence and Mock Trial

Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

PSYCH-2240-LC035, Social Psychology (Gen Ed: Soc./Behav. Sci.)

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

Information

Tauya Forst, johnsont217@cod.edu OR Or’Shaundra Benson, bensono@cod.edu

Explore human service systems through tours of facilities, discussions with professionals, examinations of the ethical principles that guide their work, as well as gain hands-on experiences writing with, for, and about a real nonprofit in DuPage County.

Must co-enroll in ENGLI-2115-LC030 and HUMAN-1100-LC030

ENGLI-2115-LC030, Writing in the Community

Online

HUMAN-1100-LC030, Introduction to Human Services

Monday and Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Information

Steven Accardi, accardis@cod.edu OR Jason Florin, florin@cod.edu

This learning community integrates three courses providing advanced study in HR competencies and practices, including talent acquisition and retention, performance management, compensation and benefits, HR operations, HR strategic planning, HR ethical leadership practices, business acumen and HR expertise. Gain skills and experiences in HR processes and policies, networking and connections, and mentoring and coaching all designed to help launch and/or advance HRM careers.

Must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC030, MANAG-2245-LC030 and MANAG-2248-LC030.

MANAG-2242-LC030, Talent Acquisition and Retention

Wednesday, 6 to 7:05 p.m.

MANAG-2245-LC030, Compensation, Benefits and Performance Management

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

MANAG-2248-LC030, Strategic HR Management

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

Information

Jane Murtaugh, murtaugh@cod.edu

How does knowledge get produced and disseminated? Why does it change? Who decides?   This learning community critiques the fundamental role of research and rhetoric (i.e., persuasion) within the world of knowledge creation, while also critiquing academic discourse, bias, credibility, objectivity and community writing in the digital world.

Must co-enroll in EDUCA-1116-LC045 and ENGLI-1102-LC045.

ENGLI-1102-LC045, English Composition II (Gen Ed: Communications)

Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

EDUCA-1116-LC045, Research in the Information Age

Monday and Wednesday, 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.

Information

Timothy Henningsen, henningsent@cod.edu OR Jason Ertz, ertzja@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. 

 

Learning Communities courses for Honors Students Only

The following Learning Communities courses are offered during the Spring 2022 semester.

For Honors students only

This Honors learning community features what the study of games—from frisbees to football, dominos to D&D—teach us not only about the human mind but the processes of conducting research. Explore these and other questions through a variety of projects. Develop skills in information literacy, conflict resolution and motivation that will be valuable long after the class. This seminar also helps satisfy requirements for the Honors Scholar program.

Must co-enroll in ENGLI-1102-HON40 and PSYCH-1100-HON40.

ENGLI-1102-HON40, English Composition II (Gen Ed: Communications)

Monday and Wednesday, noon to 1:15 p.m.

PSYCH-1100-HON40, Intro to Psychology (Gen Ed: Soc./Behav. Sci.)

Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Information

Jim Allen, allenj@cod.edu OR Sarah Butler, butlers584@cod.edu

For Honors students only

This Honors learning community features general education courses in life science and speech communication to explore human relationships with the environment, environmental citizenship and how humans work together in teams for collaborative problem-solving and decision-making. We will investigate how nature works, how things are interconnected, and how the theories and principles of small-group communication are applied by global citizens to address environmental issues. Develop a deeper understanding of environmental science and fundamental communication skills to expand your imaginative, creative, and reflective abilities to become active citizens in confronting environmental challenges.

Must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-HON34 and SPEEC-1120-HON34.

BIOLO-1110-HON34, Environmental Biology

Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. 16 additional hours TBA

SPEEC-1120-HON34, Small-Group Communications

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

Information

Shamili Ajgaonkar, sandifor@cod.edu OR Lauren Morgan, morgan@cod.edu

For Honors students only

Explore the rich history of Chicago through the narrative elements of a wide array of literature set in and about Chicago. Look at Chicago’s formative years through 19th century texts, industrialization, politics, race, and immigration through seminal early and mid-century novels, and finally, our current century with texts composed by Chicago locals writing and publishing within the last three decades. NOTE: Hybrid format: a blend of traditional classroom and alternative instruction.

Must co-enroll in ENGLI-1130-HON30 and HISTO-2270-HON30.

ENGLI-1130-HON30, Introduction to Literature (Gen Ed: Humanities)

Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

HISTO-2270-HON30, History of Chicago

Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Information

Timothy Henningsen, henningsent@cod.edu OR Sam Mitrani, mitraniv@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