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Facts For Faculty

How Can the Learning Commons Support You and Your Students?

 

It can be beneficial to bring your students to the Learning Commons to learn about the academic assistance available to them.   

A Learning Commons staff member can attend your online class session to inform your students about the academic assistance opportunities available to them. These informational sessions can be tailored to fit the delivery format and time you have available. To schedule a virtual visit, email Angel Nance at nancea@cod.edu.

Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance has a variety of interactive modules, or workshops, to support the goals and course objectives of instructors across all areas of study at College of DuPage. These workshops, available on campus and through Zoom, are designed to focus on different aspects of writing, reading, multi-modal assignments, and public speaking and are 50-75 minutes long depending on the workshop/instructor's needs. If you are interested in scheduling a mini module or if you want to know more about them, please call (630) 942-3355 or email benbow-niemierg@cod.edu

The Learning Commons invites you to use the following verbiage (copy and paste into your syllabus) as you see fit to inform your students about the academic assistance opportunities available to them:

Math Assistance Area:
Math Assistance provides one-on-one, drop-in tutoring sessions with degreed STEM professionals in-person and online for math, physics, chemistry and CIS courses.  Visit us in the Learning Commons (SRC2102), call (630) 942-3339, email mathassistancearea@cod.edu, or find us on Blackboard under the Student Support tab (Learning Commons: One-Stop Academic Support → Math Assistance Area Live!). For more information about our services, visit the math assistance website

Tutoring Services:
Tutoring Services offers free course-based and study  strategy tutoring to currently enrolled COD students.  Most appointments and drop-ins take place in the Learning Commons in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102.  Other tutoring services occur elsewhere on main campus or online.  For online assistance, visit https://bb.cod.edu and click on the "Student Support" tab.  For more information or to make an appointment, visit Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, call (630) 942-3686, email tutoring@cod.edu, or visit the Tutoring Services website.

Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance for any classes:
Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance (WRSA) in the Learning Commons provides coaching sessions for College of DuPage students who are working on assignments in any academic discipline. We help students develop and strengthen writing, reading, and presentation skills and strategies.  Appointments are available face-to-face, online, or through email.  For more information or to make an appointment, visit Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, call (630) 942-3355, visit https://bb.cod.edu and click on the "Student Support" tab, email wrsa@cod.edu, or visit Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance.  

Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance for ELS/ELA classes:
Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance (WRSA) in the Learning Commons offers the opportunity for students to practice their English skills.  Students are encouraged to have a session with a Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance coach to get assistance with their reading, writing, or presentation assignments, as well as to improve their English speaking/conversation skills.  For more information or to make an appointment, visit Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 2102, call (630) 942-3355, email wrsa@cod.edu, or visit Learning Commons ELA/ELS Services.  

Our goals are to engage students in thinking and writing about their drafts, to help them learn to be better writers, and to provide an interested and knowledgeable audience for their work. Please note, students who are enrolled in ELS writing classes should be encouraged to schedule face-to-face appointments instead of email coaching.

We are happy to talk with you about ways of incorporating email coaching into your online curriculum. Note: Full class uploads must be pre-arranged with Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance (WRSA) to staff readers accordingly. Please reach out if you have any questions at all.

In order for students to submit a draft, they will need to register with Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance (WRSA) by following the instructions on the WRSA webpage.

Guided Study Groups are group tutoring sessions specific to a course section. They are initiated by instructor request. The instructor meets with the tutor for one hour a week to prepare materials for that week's session. To set up a Guided Study Group for your course call (630) 942-3686 or contact Sandra Marchetti at tutoring@cod.edu.

Tutoring begins interviewing potential peer tutors for the next semester around midterms (ex: Spring tutors interview in October) and finalizes the candidates about a month before the term ends. Because all tutors must be thoroughly vetted and trained before they can officially work, the hiring process can take a while; we suggest sending us the names of your recommendations as soon as possible to ensure the student can be considered for the upcoming term. Be sure to ask the student if they are interested in the job before suggesting them!

To recommend a tutor, please fill out the faculty recommendation for peer tutor applicant form and send it to Sandra Marchetti at tutoring@cod.edu.

Learn about the academic assistance opportunities available off campus for you and your students.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

Let us know how we are doing. Send us an email, give us a call (630) 942-3941, or stop by SRC 2102 if you have a suggestion on how we can better assist your students. 

 

Contact Information

Learning Commons
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102
Call: (630) 942-3940
Email: learningcommons@cod.edu 

Learning Commons Hours of Operation

Mathematics Assistance
(630) 942-3339
Email: mathassistancearea@cod.edu

Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance
(630) 942-3355
Email: wrsa@cod.edu

Tutoring Services
(630) 942-3686
Email: tutoring@cod.edu