Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Options for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

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New for Spring 2014: Need-based Scholarships

Are you enrolled in a Learning Community in Spring? Are you concerned about the financial impact of taking an extra class along with your required class? Check out our need-based scholarship available Spring 2014 only.

Learning Communities are linked courses with the same students and connected content (scroll all the way down to learn more). You'll make new friends and learn more deeply by taking a learning community this term!

Watch the video to hear what Lane students say about their experiences and then check out the links below to find out more about the classes and how to register.

First Year Experience Learning Communities

Are you a new Lane student or in your first year? Most learning communities link a required course with an elective that will help you succeed in all of your coursework. Review your placement test scores to figure out which Learning Community is best for you. Some are offered every term and others only during certain terms. For typical offerings each term, see Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring

Spring 2014 Learning Communities include BioBonds, Fast Lane to Success (WR 121 option), Reconnecting with Nature, and Women in Transition. Updated fliers for Spring term 2014: for advisors and counselors and for students.

Summer 2014 Learning Communities include BioBonds and Women in Transitions. View and download the flier here.

If you tested into Reading 087:

Read to Succeed with Health
RD087 Preparatory Academic Reading linked with EL115R Effective Learning and HE275 Lifetime Health and Fitness

Read to Succeed with Communication
RD087 Preparatory Academic Reading linked with EL115R Effective Learning and SP100 Basic Communication

If you tested into Writing 115 or 121:

The Write Way to Learn
WR115 Intro to College Writing linked with EL115 Effective Learning. Not offered Spring term.

The Fast and the Curious
WR121 Intro to Academic Writing linked with WR199 Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing. For highly motivated students who almost but didn't quite test into Writing 121. Not offered Spring term.

Fast Lane to Success
WR115 Intro to College Writing or WR121 Intro to Academic Writing linked with CG100 College Success

If you tested into Math 10 or Math 20:

Math 10 + Math 20 = 1 Term
MTH010 Whole Numbers, Fractions and Decimals in the first five weeks followed by MTH020 Math Renewal in the second five weeks. Not offered Spring term.

Math Success
MTH020 Math Renewal linked with CG100 College Success. Not offered Spring term.

College and Career Planning

Success in College and Career
CG140 Career and Life Planning linked with CG100 College Success. Not offered Spring term.

Show Me the Money
CG105 Money for College linked with WR105 Writing for Scholarships. Offered Winter only.

For Health Occupations Majors

BioBonds: Building Blocks for Your Body
BI112 Cell Biology for Health Occupations linked with CH112 Chemistry for Health Occupations

For Women's Program Participants

Women in Transition
CG140T Career and Life Planning linked with CG220 Life Transition

Second Year Learning Community

Are you a second-year Lane student and working towards your AAOT? Consider the following option.

Reconnecting with Nature
BI103G General Biology: Global Ecology linked with PS297 Environmental Politics and REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology. Offered Spring only.

woman holding wrench in classWhat are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities are a great way to learn! They help you stay engaged and motivated while you pursue your college and life goals.

Learning Communities classes can be linked in several ways:

  • Around a theme, such as learning about yourself and your career and life plans.
  • Around a question, such as, "How can I better understand the connections between nature, politics and religion?"
  • Around a goal, such as, "How can I successfully make a life transition?"

Students enroll in two or more classes together, creating a common cohort or "community." Faculty also work together, often attending the different classes too. Your learning experiences are enhanced by this sense of community and common understanding across disciplines. National research shows that students who take learning communities succeed at higher rates than students who take stand-alone courses. And learning communities classes fulfill the same degree and certificate requirements as stand-alones.

The actual structure of Lane's learning communities varies among classes and instructors. Some learning communities have very closely integrated curricula, so that the classes seem to "talk" to one another throughout the term. Other learning communities are more loosely organized, and the "community feel" comes from getting to know classmates well and investigating a theme across disciplines.

Learning Communities help students to:

  • Learn more deeply
  • Get to know peers
  • Fully engage in the learning process
  • Achieve college and life goals
  • Fulfill degree and certificate requirements