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Learning Communities - Spring

Spring 2018 Learning Community descriptions & connected courses

  • Discipline-specific Learning Communities
  • Learning Communities open to all First-Year Students

#1 Balancing Instincts
For many the habits and professional skills developed in college will set the tone for life after college. Therein lies the quandary of figuring out how to juggle, communicate and set positive life practices. Are you looking to start your college experience off on a positive note? Then, join us as we practice yoga, learning to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside our boundaries.

UNIV 110: First Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 10:00-10:50 am Beth Odahlen
HPER 101: Social Dance (1 cr.) (PSR2) TTH 10:00-10:50 am Terry Eckmann

#2 Quest for Creativity

Writers express their creativity by writing plays, movie scripts, poems, short stories, novels, and essays. Each form involves different artistic choices. What makes this poem so good? Why is this short story so powerful? Why is this novel so engaging? How does this text tell the story that cannot be lost, the message that must be heard? By looking at the variety of choices writers have made in shaping their artistic expressions, we get a better understanding of the artistic possibilities. By understanding what is behind the choices writer’s make as well as the creative process they follow in terms of what grabs them and makes them want to turn the reality or the imagined reality into a written text, we get a better understanding of our own creative process, our own artistic goals, and the possibilities of our own quest for creativity.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11 - 11:50 Rick Watson
ENG 211: Intro to Creative Writing (3 cr.)  MWF 2 - 2:50pm Ron Fischer

#3 Leadership: Beyond Dead White Dudes

History is full of great leaders from various societies who have inspired and encouraged hearts and minds to create change. Too often; however, the focus tends to be on the contributions and achievements of dead white dudes. What about others? What about you? Participants in this learning community will explore their potential for leadership, gain a better understanding of the context for practicing it, learn how leadership is situated in the broader social contexts of different societies, and plan for how they can make a difference in a rapidly changing world.

UNIV 110: First Year Seminar (2 cr) (RC, PSR2) TTH 2:00-2:50pm  - Jessica Smestad
HIST 104: U.S. History to 1877 (3 cr.) (RC, CCS2, CCS3) MWF 2:00-2:50pm  - Ernst Pijning
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) (RC) MWF 12:00-12:50pm - Christine Borden-King-Jones

#4 What's the Story? (Recommended for Communication Disorders Majors)

Explore the various characters, settings, and plots in the field of communication disorders, and unlock the secrets behind powerful story telling. Through reading experiences in the community, students will develop critical skills for the profession of speech-language pathology.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 2:00-2:50 Leisa Harmon
CD 150: Profession of Communication Disorders (2 cr.) TTH 2:00-2:50 Erin Holt
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC)  TTH 11:00-12:15 Nicole Thom-Arens

#5 Great Minds Think Alike
This FYE will explore the connections between classroom practices and the processes of learning. Why do some students remember pictures and others remember words? Is it useful to label students? Why are some students motivated and others not so much? Does development affect learning? How can educators help students be successful? Coursework will examine the complicated decisions adults and kids in schools make every day and then visit elementary, middle and high schools to apply the information.       
        UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 1 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
        ED 260: Educational Psychology (2cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) T 1 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
        COMM 110: Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) MWF 11 - 11:50 am Christina Paxman

#6 Seeing People from the Inside Out

We learn the most about other people when we experience their lives. Anthropologist do this by observing and participating in the lives of communities, while historians use historical sources to imaginatively travel to and investigate communities in the past. In these classes, you and your peers will explore and experience through reading, writing, discussion, observation, role playing, and community engagement how much we can learn, both about others who are separated from us by space, time, and identity, and about ourselves. If you are curious about people and why we do the things we do, this is the learning community for you!

        UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11 – 11:50 am Mark Singer
        HIST 211: World Civilizations to 1500 (3 cr.) (RC, CCS2, IP1, IP2) MWF 9 – 9:50 am Mark Singer
        SOC 210: Introduction to Anthropology (3 cr.) (RC) MWF 1 – 1:50 pm Christine Borden-King-Jones

#7 Power of a Person
(Online Only)
Can one person change the world?  How does change take place?  What causes community action? This First-Year Experience course will examine how individuals determine their belief system, how that belief system impacts their decision making and behaviors, and how those behaviors lead to change in their community.  Students will examine why civic engagement and community service is an integral component of education and our society, as well as the differences between volunteering, civic engagement, and community problem solving.  Are you ready to see how one person, maybe even you, can create change which impacts a community, city, state, country, or the world?

        UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2)  Online – Linda Cresap

#8 Minutia: Scope it Out!  (6 Cr.) (Restricted to Nursing and pre-health majors)
Explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey. How do you balance all the little things to stay healthy, happy, fit, and safe? 

       UNIV 110: (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 10-11:50 Nicola Roed
       BIOL 142: Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 12-12:50 Paul Lepp
       BIOL 142 L: T 10-11:50 Paul Lepp



RC - Required Core
FC - Foundational Content
CCS1 - Problem Solving
CCS2 - Information Literacy
CCS3 - Critical Reading
CCS4 - Quantitative Literacy
CCS5 - Oral/Written Communications
CCS6 - Collaboration
PSR1 - Relationships and Value Systems
PSR2 - Responding to Community Needs
PSR3 - Individual Well - Being
IP1 - Knowledge
IP2 - Experience