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Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Spring 2019 Learning Communities

Learning Community descriptions & connected courses

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

1 -Minutia: Scope it out! (Restricted to Nursing majors) (6 Cr.)  This Learning Community is Full.

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?

A.  UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 10:00 - 11:50 am Niki Roed  
     BIOL 202: Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 3:00 - 3:50 pm Paul Lepp
     BIOL 202: (lab) T 10:00 - 11:50 am


B.  UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 10:00 - 11:50 am Niki Roed
     BIOL 202: Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 3:00 - 3:50 pm Paul Lepp
     BIOL 202: (lab) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm


2 - It's All In Your Head....OR NOT! (9 Cr.)  
Great athletes, actors, and public speakers can control anxiety, minimize stress, utilize imagery, and use relaxation to control their performance. This learning community combines both techniques of acting, public speaking and psychology of sport to examine how both the body and mind influence performance.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 12:00 - 12:50 PM- Beth Odahlen
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 11:00 - 12:15 PM Jessica Smestad
THEA 161:  Acting I (3 cr.) (CCS6)  MWF 10:00-10:50 am Aili Smith

3 - Balancing Instincts (3 Cr.)    This Learning Community is Full. 
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.) MW 10:00-10:50 Karina Stander
KIN 101 Dance: (1 cr.)  TTh 10:00-10:50 Terry Eckmann

4 - Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They? (Recommended for students in Teacher Education or Communication Disorders) (7 Cr.)  
This group of courses 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? We will explore these questions through coursework that looks at the complicated decisions that 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 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Deb Jensen
ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz
PSY 111: Intro to Psychology (3 cr.) (FC, PSR2) MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Deborah Olson

5 - Power of a Person (This learning community is for Online Only Students) (2 CR.)
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.  We will also examine how one figures out their passion and how that passion drives engagement.  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 format - Erik Kana


6 - Who Have You Been, and Who Will You Be? (6 cr.) This Learning Community is Full. 

How will future generations tell your story? Who decides how we remember individuals, communities, even entire civilizations? This First Year Experience examines individual and community identity throughout time, including how individuals identify themselves and others and how societies collectively construct their identities through language, art, mythology, storytelling, buildings, and everyday objects. Learning more about the interplay between different identities and their material expressions will help you understand both who people in the past were and how people in the future may see us today.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11:00 - 12:15 PM – Christine Borden-King Jones
HIST 211: World Civilizations to 1500 (3 cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) MWF 1:00 – 1:50 PM - Mark Singer


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