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Learning Communities

Fall 2014 Learning Community Courses

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Getting a Clue Freshman Seminars

This learning community will help you make those critical life choices (like picking a major, a career, or a transfer college) by teaching you how to set goals, improve productivity, and develop the habits needed to ensure success in school and in life. “Getting a Clue,” which links ENG 111 and SDV 100, has been awarded the Virginia Community College System’s first-place honors for Excellence in Education. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed. You have four clues to choose from.

Parham Road Campus:

CLUE #1 pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

60832

ENG 111-05CP (3cr), Mon & Wed, 1-2:15 pm

61591

SDV 100-11CP (1cr), Fridays, 1-2:30 pm (first 8 weeks)

 

CLUE #2 pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

60496

ENG 111-06CP, Mon, Wed, & Fri, 11-11:50 am

60786

SDV 100-02CP, Wed, noon-1:30 pm (first 8 weeks)

 

CLUE #3 pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

60649

ENG 111-02CP, Thurs, 1-2:15pm (50% meetings online)

61589

SDV 100-12CP, Tues, 1-2:30 pm (first 8 weeks)

 

Downtown Campus:

CLUE #4 pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

60827

ENG 111-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 9:30-10:45 am

60782

SDV 100-02CD, Tues, 11-12:30 pm (first 8 weeks)

 

The STEM LC

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Unless you’ve been living at the North Pole for the last decade, you know that the job market is hot for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates. This learning community links BIO 101 with SDV 100 – College Success Skills – to help you explore various STEM majors and related career fields while completing requirements for your degree. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

62415

SDV 101-01CP, Thurs, 1-1:50

61429

BIO 101-01CP, Tues & Thurs, 9:30-10:45 am (lab=11-12:15)

 

Writing to Connect Your Lifespan Story

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This new learning community is perfect for students majoring in nursing and allied health, human resources, or the social sciences. Students who need PSY 230 and ENG 111 will benefit from shared writing assignments that focus on critical thinking and PSY 230 concepts while fulfilling the learning outcomes of both courses. The instructors purposefully connect the content of their disciplines to provide an engaging learning experience you can enjoy and build on! Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

62417

ENG 111-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 11-12:15 pm

62419

PSY 230-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 1-2:15 pm

 

Early Childhood Distance Learning Community

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CHD 120 and CHD 205 are two of the first classes you should take as you work towards your degree or certificate in Early Childhood Education. With this learning community, you can take them together while establishing a professional network with members of your learning-community cohort! You will not only interact virtually with like-minded colleagues, but also have the opportunity to meet during an enriching (but optional) field trip. Four of the assignments will apply to both classes, maximizing the learning experience. Get a great start on your education by enrolling in the Early Childhood Distance Learning Community! Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

61021

CHD 120-DL01, Distance Learning-no set meeting hours

61022

CHD 205-DL01, Distance Learning-no set meeting hours

 

NOTE: Students should check the Blackboard site at: http://learn.vccs.edu beginning August 25th for course orientation and other information. In addition, students new to Distance Learning are automatically enrolled in CDL001: Orientation to Learning Online. New students must complete this free orientation prior to the start of their online classes.

Personal Development LC

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Start your day right and learn how to be a healthier, happier student in the Personal Development LC!  HLT 115 (Personal and Community Health) and SDV 100 (Student Development) completely satisfy your requirements for HLT and SDV, no matter what your curriculum is. The instructors of HLT 115 and SDV 100 combine and connect the content of their disciplines to give you a seamless and engaging academic, social, and personal experience. Taking HLT 115 and SDV 100 together in your first semester will give you a great introduction to what Reynolds and the greater Richmond community have to offer you as a student and a whole person. The Personal Development LC is a great way to take two credits in a single time slot during the last eight weeks of the fall semester—all with the same group of students.

This LC pairs the following classes:

60127

HLT 115-01CP, Tues, 8-9:30 am (second 8 weeks)

61374

SDV 100-04CP, Thurs, 8-9:30 am (second 8 weeks)


Surviving College English

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If you received a recommendation for developmental English, this may be the Learning Community for you. Save nearly $300 in tuition and books (over the previous system) and possibly finish your developmental English study in only ONE semester! You also gain earlier than usual access to SDV 100 so that you can hone your study skills while brushing up on your English. This combo is a win-win for ensuring future academic success! Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed for a given tier.

Parham Road Campus:

Surviving College English – Tier A

59107

ENF 1-02CP, Tues & Thurs, 8-9:50 am & 11-12:50 pm

61337

SDV 100-09CP, Tues, 10-10:50 am

 

Surviving College English – Tier B

64052

ENF 2-02CP, Tues & Thurs, 8-9:50 am

60964

SDV 100-03CP, Thurs, 10-10:50 am

 

Downtown Campus:

Surviving College English – Tier A

59105

ENF 1-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 8-9:50 am & 11-12:50 pm

61588

SDV 100-04CD, Tues, 10-10:50 am

 

Surviving College English – Tier B

Class Now FULL

62416

ENF 2-01CD, Mon & Wed, noon-1:50 pm

62441

SDV 100-03CD, Wed, 11-11:50 am

 

Early American Literature and History

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Extra-Credit opportunities abound for this learning community. There just isn't a better, more fun place to study early America and its literature than Virginia and Richmond. Think about it: Where else can you spend a day visiting one of the first English settlements, stop by an early Plantation to see life of the rich and poor, visit where Tom Jefferson went to school, visit where America was first argued into the separation of church and state, sit in the graveyard where Poe's love is buried, stand where Patrick Henry said (we think), "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death," and see where the fate of the Civil War was decided. Much of the history of Early America took place in our own back yard, and this class brings together a chance to study this history alongside the authors and the writing that helped produce early America. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

60514

ENG 241-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-8:50 am

61618

HIS 121-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 9-9:50 am

 

Global Boundaries-Global Connections

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This learning community provides a venue for those who want to gain a wider understanding of different cultures and to overcome the boundaries (whether based on geography, language, culture, or economics) that can separate people from each other. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed. 

This LC pairs the following classes:

60652

ENG 111-03CP, Tues & Thurs, 1-2:12 pm

60834

HIS 111-01CP, Tues & Thurs, 2:30-3:45 pm

 

What Is an American?

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This learning community will examine the formation and development of what it has meant to be “American” from Pre-Columbus to Reconstruction. Students will explore questions such as what are the defining characteristics of American culture and society? Who can be an American? What does it take to go from being an immigrant and foreigner to becoming “red-white-and-blue?” Why do some groups have an easier time of it? How can a country composed of so many different races, religions, and peoples ever share one identity? Is it possible to be “American” in an age of “multiculturalism” and “diversity”? Using government documents, personal letters and diaries, poetry, fiction, political cartoons, and even modern Hollywood cinema, we will read and write about how Americans have shaped, defined, and defended their identities. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

60495

ENG 111-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 11-11:50 am

62418

HIS 121-02CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 10-10:50 am

 

The Auto LC

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This learning community is for students who have been accepted into the automotive program at Reynolds Goochland Campus. It is designed to help students get off on the right foot and closer to graduation. Assignments and activities in both subjects are designed to create a synergistic effect leading to a better understanding of the material. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed. 

This LC pairs the following classes:

Class Now FULL

61875

AUT 111-01CG, Tues & Thurs, 1-3:40 pm

62290

SDV 100-01CG, Tues & Thurs, 12-12:50 pm

 

The Good Beginnings/Business LC

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This learning community combines business theory, practices, and applications with IT computer applications, concepts, and fundamentals to create a learning community that will give Reynolds business graduates the edge. Students will discover how technology tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access can help businesses successfully compete by increasing output, reducing waste and costs, and managing the business process. This course will employ hands-on projects and interactive class discussion to help students fully engage in learning business and IT concepts while meeting course objectives. The instructors of this learning community are dedicated to helping students leave the course ready to critically apply new knowledge to real-world applications. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

61912

BUS 100-01CP, Tues & Thurs, 9:30-10:45 am

60165

ITE 115-01CP, Tues, 11-12:15 pm (50% meetings online)

 

How to Register for a Learning Community

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  • Read above to find the LC you’re interested in.
  • Write down the 5-digit course numbers for the paired classes
  • In your Student Center, add both classes to your schedule by following these steps:
    • Click Enroll – then Add
    • Type the 5-digit number for Class #1 - Enter
    • Type the 5-digit number for Class #2 - Enter
    • Click Proceed to Step 2 of 3
    • Click Finish Enrolling

    That’s it!

    NOTE: If you get a “requisites not met” message, make sure you meet the prerequisites and BOTH classes are in your shopping cart! If you continue to have problems, just visit the Student Success Center.