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Welcome to Casper College Learning Communities

In support of Casper College’s mission, values, and goals, the mission of the Learning Communities initiative is to cultivate of a culture of excellence in student learning and excitement for professional growth through the development, the promotion, and the expansion of multi- or inter-disciplinary Learning Communities that contain dynamic learning environments characterized by innovative curricula, student and faculty collaboration, active learning, and engaging teaching methods.

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).

DIRECTOR:

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

EVENT: Come to the Integrated Assignment Workshop during "Back to School Week" on January 13, 2015, from 1-3 p.m. in LH 132. I'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!

 

 

  • Current & Upcoming Learning Communities
  • For Students
  • For Faculty
  • Resources

Spring 2015 Learning Communities
In order to participate in a Learning Community, students must enroll in both courses.

Society As My Teacher
EDFD 2020-90 Foundations of Education (3 credits) Tues. and Thurs. 9:30-10:45 a.m.
ENGL 1020-90 English: Composition II (3 credits) Tues. and Thurs. 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

How does social background influence the education of American students? Can the playing field be leveled for all students? What does equity look like in education? What is fair and what is equal? These two classes will explore these questions as we take an in-depth look at the American education system and the students who are a part of it.

Summer 2015 Learning Communities
In order to participate in a Learning Community, students must enroll in all three courses.

The Yellowstone Experience with Terry Rasmussen and Dr. Will Robinson
ENGL 2055, Creative Writing in the Wild (3cr.)
BIOL 2110, Yellowstone Field Science (3 cr.)
PEAC 2084, Outdoor Skills (1cr.)

A nine day multi-disciplinary, student-centered filed trip encourages students to experience - through mind, body, and spirit - the back country of Yellowstone National Park. During daily hikes, students gather journal observations as they explore the biology an natural history of their surroundings. The experience culminates in the submission of a portfolio containing poetry and prose.

Fall 2015 Learning Communities
In order to participate in a Learning Community, students must enroll in both courses.

Politics Decoded with Ben Lareau and Dr. Nathan Blank
ENGL 1010-N90 (Online), English I: Composition
POLS 1000-N90 (Online), U.S. and Wyoming Government

Whenever a politician speaks, it seems that everyone assumes they’re lying. Have you ever wondered why? Does the world of politics seem like a confusing, shady, and occasionally frustrating mess? Even if politics feels like a four-letter-word sometimes, it is important that we are all active citizens in our nation. In order to participate as citizens, we have to understand why and how laws are passed and what those long speeches, cheesy commercials, and pretty promises are all about. If this sounds interesting to you, then check out “Politics Decoded” with Ben Lareau and Dr. Nathan Blank which will explore politics and language and how those two parts of our culture interact.

Drawn to Annihilation: The Holocaust Presented in Graphic Novel Form with Lance Jones and Dr. Joseph Campbell
ENGL 2490-90, Special Topics: Graphic Novel (T/TH 2:00-3:15)
HIST 2080-90, Holocaust, (T/TH 5:30 – 6:45)

The Holocaust, the destruction of European Jews and others by National Socialist Germany and her allies during the period of 1933-45, continues to haunt the collective conscience of mankind. The graphic novel has become a genre of literature, respected in its own right, and cannot be dismissed as a mere “comic book” in today’s culture. Dr. Joseph Campbell and Lance Jones will present the historical events of one of the darkest times in human history, recorded in the visual form of the modern graphic novel.

Our vision is to see students feel good about themselves, be confident in their ability to learn, and enjoy critical thinking, bringing about communities of people who understand connections across disciplines, look with favor at different perspectives, and appreciate diverse strengths with a positive attitude.

Check out the Learning Communties home page to see what Learning Communities are available for Spring 2015!

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

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

Come to the Integrated Assignment Workshop on January 13, 2015, from 1-3 p.m., in LH 132. I'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!

"I've taught in a Learning Community before (prior to Spring 2015). 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 Cara. She 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, Cara can help you design a new Learning Community in an hour. E-mail 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 can bring an integrated assignment workshop to you! In thirty minutes, she 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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