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Welcome to Casper College Learning Communities

The mission of Learning Communities at Casper College is to foster excellence in student learning, engaged teaching, and professional development through the promotion, support, and growth of multi-or inter-disciplinary learning communities that offer students and faculty opportunities for collaboration, connection, and cohesiveness.

If you have any questions about Learning Communities, please contact Cara or stop by the Learning Communities Office in the Educational Resources Center (LH 132B).

CO-DIRECTORS:

Cara Rodriguez - English Instructor - Contact & Biographical Info
Learning Communities Office Hour: Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

EVENT: Come to our Integrated Assignment Workshop during the August in LH 132. We'll walk you through the process of creating a Learning Community; by the end of this session, you could be ready to hit the ground running! You can bring a potential teaching partner or come solo. RSVP to Cara!

 

 

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Fall 2014 Learning Communities
In order to participate in a Learning Community, students must enroll in both courses.

Write On Course!
ENGL 0900 90 (Introduction to College Reading and Writing II, 4 cr.), taught by Jill Hughes, MTWTh 11:00-11:50
HMDV 1300 90 (On Course, 2 cr.), taught by Leanne Sims, TTh 9:30-10:45

College is a journey that requires a map! If you get off course, you might find yourself questioning whether you can do it or not. Write On-Course is the learning community for you. In these two classes, you’ll get tools, tips, and tricks for charting your own path.

ENGL 0900 Introduction to College Reading & Writing will provide you opportunities to flex and build your reading, writing, and critical thinking muscles. HMDV 1300 On Course will show you how to take the wheel and steer yourself to success. Put yourself in the driver’s seat while we show you how to read the signs!

Writing and the Wilderness
ENGL 1010 91 (Composition I, 3 cr.), taught by Ben Lareau, MWF 10:00-10:50
ENR 1200 90 (Environmental Science, 4 cr.), taught by Evert Brown, TTh 8:00-11:00

Do you like the outdoors?  Do you ever find yourself looking at the plants and animals around you and wondering how living things adapt and thrive in hostile or changing environments?  Have you ever stood alone in the wilderness and wondered why things are as they are?  The natural world is a complex and ever-changing place, and the environment we live in the result many long processes.  The push-and-pull of ecological balance, combined with change and pressure (both natural and man-made), have all come together to create the mix of flora and fauna that we see when we step outside.  Through a combination of hands-on exploration, observation, and careful study in this BOCES course, we will come to a better understanding not only of the natural world, but of how to formulate, explain, and support conclusions about our complicated and ever-changing environment.  

The Power in Your Voice
ENGL 1010 90 (Composition I, 3 cr.), taught by Cara Rodriguez, MWF 10:00-10:50
POLS 1010 90 (American and Wyoming Government, 3 cr.), taught by Nathan Blank, MWF 9:00-9:50

Do you consider yourself a citizen?  Have you ever asked yourself what that actually means?  Citizenship, in its simplest form, is being a part of a community, but being an active citizen is another thing entirely.  A citizen occupies a space, but an active citizen occupies a space and influences that space. Active citizens are the people who make a difference; they are the ones who dream and revolutionize our communities and our world.  Interested? Through studying personal identity, thinking critically about the media, and gaining an understanding of governing principles, we will raise our awareness of the choices we make (or don’t make) and how those choices affect both our society and our own lives. 

“As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State, "What does it matter to me?" the State may be given up for lost.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau,The Social Contract

Chew on This: An Exploration of Psychology and Human Nutrition
PSYC 1000 90 (General Psychology, 3 cr.), taught by Brandon Kosine, TTh 8:00-9:15
FCSC 1141 90 (Principles of Nutrition, 3 cr.), taught by Kelsey Schmidt, TTh 9:30-10:45

How much do our mind and body influence each other?  When one is out-of-whack, is the other?  More specifically, how does what we put in our body affect our brain and behavior?  And, how much influence does our mind have over our bodies?  So much of what we eat and drink each day affects our psychological health and vice versa, yet most of us barely pay attention to what we eat and drink each day.  This course will be tailored towards those interested in health science.  We will examine how the principles of psychology and nutrition interact with each other.  Through active research, applied case studies, and personal exploration, we will discover the connection between these subjects—how to apply them to your own life and the lives of your future patients.

 "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are." -Brillat-Savarin


Check out the Learning Communties home page to see what Learning Communities are available for Spring 2014!

Questions about how to register? E-mail Cara or Holly, or stop by the Learning Communities Office (LH 132B)!

Interested in teaching in a Learning Community? You're in the right place!

Come to our Integrated Assignment Workshop on January 17, from 1-3 p.m., in LH 132. We'll walk you through the process of creating a Learning Community; by the end of this session, you could be ready to hit the ground running! You can bring a potential teaching partner or come solo. RSVP to Holly or Cara!

"I've taught in a Learning Community before (prior to Spring 2014). What's different?"

"Got it. Now what do I do?"

  1. Find a faculty teaching partner! If you're having difficulty locating a faculty member willing to participate, contact Holly or Cara. They may be able to help you find someone.
  2. Complete the following forms & submit by the advertised deadline:
  3. If you'd like some help brainstorming, we can help you design a new Learning Community in an hour. E-mail Holly or Cara to set up a workshop that fits your schedule.

"What is an Integrated Assignment?"

  • An integrated assignment (also called an integrative assignment) is an assignment that utilizes content and skills from both of the courses in the Learning Community. The integrated assignment should factor into the grades for both courses, and it should be clear how that assignment will be graded in each course.
  • Most importantly, Cara and Holly can bring an integrated assignment workshop to you! In thirty minutes, we can help you design an effective integrated assignment for your Learning Community.

     

A Statement on Integrative Learning
(from the American Association of Colleges & Universities)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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