Linked Learning Communities Developed

The listing below represents the linked learning communities that have already been developed.  Some of the linked learning communites include a Freshman Seminar (COL 105) course while others are linked content courses.  The descriptions for each community are those used to promote the particular community.  If you are interested in teaching in one of these linked learning communities, please contact Amoena Norcross (864.646.1365 or anorcros@tctc.edu).  If you are interested in developing a new linked learning community, please complete a Linked Learning Community Proposal.


Status Update: I B.L.A.S.T.ed Into Psychology!! (PSY 201 and COL 105) 
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.


LIFE: Be Ready for What It Throws at You (CPT 170 and COL 105)
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, résumé, life plan, budget, etc.) in preparation for the future.


Diving into Film: The Secrets to Success (ENG 101 and COL 105)
On the surface, movies can be fun, exciting, scary, or funny. That's why we like them, right? While they do make for good entertainment, they actually offer so much more! What if we told you that diving beneath the surface reveals the secrets to success? And that we can show you how to do it? Well, we can: if you like movies and you want to learn the keys to succeeding in the sometimes choppy waters of college, this learning community is for you.


Electrifying Mathematics (EET 113 and MAT 170)
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.


Don't Take Your Tools and Go Home: Understanding and Communicating with People at Work (ENG 165 and PSY 120)
What was she thinking???  THAT is NOT in MY job description!  Is my résumé good enough?  Why would someone want to hire me?  Are these questions that you find yourself asking?  If they are, then these courses are for YOU!!!  Building on the theme of success in the workplace, these courses will emphasize the importance of expository writing and public speaking through practice and development of communication skills while studying the basic psychological principals of supervision and organizational dynamics.  The emphasis is placed on people skills and general human relation techniques in the workplace while developing academic survival skills for higher education and the future.  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 and PSY 201)
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!!


The Game of Life (ENG 101 and SOC 101)
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 and MAT 110)
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 (SPC 205 and BIO 225) 
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! 


W.I.L.D. in S.C. (ENG 100 and COL 105) 
In W.I.L.D. in S.C. (Wilderness, Infrastructure, Land, & Development in South Carolina), students will become aware of current issues that are impacting our state's development, growth, and natural resources.  No matter if you are a country boy or a city girl, if you are planning to call (or keep calling) South Carolina "home", then this learning community will give you the tools to make informed decisions about the issues affecting where we live, work, and play.


 Syntax, Style, Substance, and Structure: Where Science and English Meet (ENG 101 and PHS 101)
Explore the ideas and principles of physical science while learning English grammar and composition.  Many of the skills a successful scientist needs are the same skills used by the successful business major, teacher, liberal arts major, English student, or human being.  In this community, learn to compare, analyze, argue, and persuade while developing skills in composition, critical thinking, organization, data collection, creativity, and teamwork.


Don't Take Your Tools and Go Home: Understanding and Communicating with People at Work (ENG 155 and PSY 120)
What was she thinking?  THAT is NOT in MY job description!  Is my résumé good enough?  Why would someone want to hire me?  Are these questions that you find yourself asking?  If they are, then these courses are for YOU!  Building on the theme of success in the workplace, these courses will emphasize the importance of expository writing and public speaking through practice and development of communication skills while studying the basic psychological principals of supervision and organization dynamics.  The emphasis is placed on people skills and general human relation techniques in the workplace while developing academic survival skills for higher education and the future.  This community is currently limited to students in the Business & Public Services Division.


Whose World Is This? The World is Yours! (ENG 101, SOC 101, and COL 105) 
The world is yours!  As Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright, said, "The world belongs to me because I understand it."  We want you to understand it, too . In this community, which consists of COL 105, ENG 101, and SOC 101, you will learn the knowledge and skills to make sense of the world around you, so the world belongs to you.


At the Crossroads: Where Composition and Molecules Collide (ENG 101, CHM 110, and COL 105)
Have you ever wondered how English and science could possibly have anything in common?  It is possible, and if you join this community that includes CHM 110, COL 105, and ENG 101, you will see just how English and science overlap.  As a member of this community, you have the unique opportunity to learn skills in each course that will promote your academic success in all three courses.  Some of these skills include critical thinking, problem solving, reading, writing, and organization.  For example, you will learn writing skills in ENG 101 that will help you with your Capstone Project in COL 105 as well as your lab reports in CHM 110.  As a member of this learning community, you will also receive support from your peers who will be embarking on the same exciting journey as you.


LOL! That's SO Funny! (MAT 032, RDG 100, and COL 105)
OMG!  Math, reading, and Freshman Seminar are funny?  Yes, seriously!!!  When you put these newly designed courses together in a rockin' learning community and add a twist of humor, you will find out that learning CAN be fun and FUNNY!  We will investigate concepts such as laughing at and learning from our mistakes.  We will transform into active (and funny) learners and communicators.  We will also explore our understandings of all those hilarious math operations and those sometimes impossible word problems.  Students interested in having fun, laughing, learning hands-on, and getting to know their inner jokesters will thrive in this community.  All students will be giggling their way to good grades because laughter is contagious!  This community is exclusively offered to students eligible for MAT 032, RDG 100, and COL 105.