Fall 2015 Linked Learning Community Offerings

What is a linked learning community?  A linked learning community is a community that links one or two academic courses with a Freshman Seminar course (COL 105) OR a community that links two or more academic courses and embeds Freshman Seminar (COL 105) principles into the linked learning community.  When you enroll in a linked learning community, you will have the same classmates in the classes that make up the linked learning community.  The linked learning community's purpose is to show you the connections between the courses while you explore a theme or specific topic that ties the courses in the community together.   The theme or specific topic of a linked learning community is stressed through integrated (common) assignments, activities, lecture topics, etc.  The linked learning communities being offered in Fall 2015 are listed below.

LIFE: Be Ready for What It Throws at You
COL 105-009 (CRN: 10632), MWF 8:00-8:55 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

CPT 170-002 (CRN: 10410), MWF 9:05-10 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Students who enroll in this learning community will learn how to succeed in college by setting goals, multitasking, being responsible, and creating and making use of a support system. By sharing the COL 105 and CPT 170 courses, students will work together to achieve success while also learning to use MS Office and to create an electronic portfolio (that will include but is not limited to a scholarship letter, cover letter, resume, life plan, budget, etc.) in preparation for the future.

The Game of Life
SOC 101-012 (CRN: 10032), MW 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., ANDERSON CAMPUS
ENG 101-062 (CRN: 11095), MW 12:45-2:10 p.m., ANDERSON CAMPUS

Do we really have free choice? Are we really responsible for our own success? Or are our lives pre-programmed as part of a larger scheme? Through social experiments, activities, and written assignments, journey through the social world we have created-one that grants power to some and hunger to others.  Come explore how we become the people we are.  Learn the rules for the Game of Life and become a better player!

Chemistry by the Numbers--Quite a Reaction!
CHM 110-011 (CRN: 10330), TR 9:35-11:00 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
MAT 110-002 (CRN: 10106), TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Are you taking MAT 110 and CHM 110?  You may be interested in Chemistry by the Numbers-Quite a Reaction!  Math skills can help you succeed in understanding a variety of chemistry concepts. This linked chemistry and mathematics learning community will prepare you to be comfortable using one subject to support learning in the other and will give you an opportunity to see direct applications for algebra in career fields.  In this learning community setting, you will learn a process you will use later in your chosen science or health-career field for analyzing information, building equations, and then solving the equations.

Under the Microscope--Exploring Communication in Science
BIO 225-001 (CRN: 10320), TR 8:00-9:25 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
SPC 205-007 (CRN: 10253), TR 9:35-11:00 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

This learning community will focus on public speaking in the field of science as well as strengthening the skills that will lead to public speaking confidence in the classroom, workplace, and community.  The demands of clear communication are not limited to the public speaking classroom. Through college and beyond, science-related presentations are a means of exchanging knowledge and information that is essential to scientific endeavors. For example, you may be required to inform an audience of how you arrived at your research conclusions.  So if you are headed into the field of science or medicine, this learning community is what you are looking for! 

Status Update: I B.L.A.S.T.ed Into Psychology!!
PSY 201-009 (CRN: 10015), TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
COL 105-013 (CRN: 11645), TR 9:35-11:00 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS 

Do you really believe all the wall posts or tweets you read?  How do current events, social media outlets, movies, television, and video games affect you?  Your life?  Your future?  Join us as we learn to discern between all the sound bytes in this information age and figure out how it affects your life and your ability to be successful.  This in-depth evaluation of Popular Media, Psychology, and the application to Lifelong Learning will be made possible by linking activities and assignments between PSY 201: General Psychology and the COL 105: B.L.A.S.T. Freshman Seminar course.

Electrifying Mathematics
EET 113-003 (CRN: 10991), MW 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
MAT 170-005 (CRN:10937), TR 2:30-3:55 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS 

Ever wonder what algebra and trigonometry are good for? Do you want to see some killer apps for mathematics? This hands-on approach to learning math will help you discover the wonders of the electron as well as help you design and construct interesting electronic devices. Discover the electrifying link between mathematics and electronics that will spark your imagination!  This community is currently limited to students in the Engineering & Industrial Technology Division.

Pop Culture, Media & Film: Unglue Your Eyeballs & Engage Your Brain!
ENG 101-001 (CRN: 10188), MWF 8:00-8:55 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
PSY 201-001 (CRN: 10005), MWF 9:05-10:00 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Are your eyeballs constantly glued to a screen of some sort?  Movies and television OFTEN portray aspects of psychological principles, theories, and disorders.  These can be fair and unbiased portrayals, or they can be stereotypical and generalized.  Commercials and other media use all kinds of appeals to convince the masses.   Facebook statuses or Tweets can be accurate or completely misleading.  In the ENG 101/PSY 201 linked learning community, not only will you learn to understand and critique pop culture, media, and film, but you will also learn about YOU and how to be successful in college.  This learning will occur through reflective essays and assignments between both classes.  Come get your eyeballs unglued!!

Success for Life
BIO 101-073 (CRN: 11370), MWF 8:00-8:55 a.m., EASLEY CAMPUS
COL 105-003 (CRN: 11938), MWF 9:05-10:00 a.m., EASLEY CAMPUS

Are you anxious about taking a college-level science course for the first time?  Have you heard of students taking BIO 101 more than once just to pass?  This learning community will teach you strategies for succeeding in BIO 101 and all of your other classes.  We will focus on time management, effective studying, setting and reaching goals, preparing for and taking exams, as well as reading and understanding your syllabus.  You can do it!  This learning community will show you how.   Get the grades you want and start your college career off on the right path by enrolling in this success-oriented learning community. 

Get Your Brain in Shape: Workout for Success!
RDG 100-010 (CRN: 11153), MWF 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS
ENG 100-008 (CRN: 10802), MWF 12:20-1:15 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Do you want to do your best in college? Do you have rusty learning skills that could use a little sharpening? Maybe it's time to get your brain in shape!  In this learning community, you will find out how "exercising" your communication skills in reading and writing can help you get better grades. You will make the logical connection between reading and writing, and what you learn in one class will help you understand material in the other. In addition, through linked activities, you will become a better learner, taking what you learn in this community beyond the classroom and into your everyday life. Join the workout for success! Get your brain in shape!