The International Adventure learning community provides a 100% virtual experience in which first-year international students can take courses in common, connect with one another, receive support from upper-division peer mentors, and explore career options from anywhere around the world.
Four options are available for this virtual experience:
Business: course options for Pre-Business majors
Computer Science: course options for computer science majors
Engineering: course options for Engineering majors
General: course options for all majors
For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Suzanne Härle at email@example.com
New Apparel Merchandising & Design transfer students and change-of-majors are eligible to join.
The AMD Transitions Learning Community is designed to connect students to peers, faculty, and Iowa State University. With the primary goal of helping students adjust to their new major of Apparel Merchandising and Design, the learning community will provide opportunities to learn about their academic program, policies, and resources available. There is an emphasis on goal setting, leadership development, critical thinking and self-management.
Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during Transfer Orientation and class registration.
“This was my first true experience working in a classroom with students, and it was such a blast,” she said. “I loved being able to work with students with varying needs and watch them develop and flourish throughout the months I was with them. This experience proved to me that I’m going down the right career path.” –Sela Hanson
Majors eligible to join
All entering freshmen elementary education majors are automatically enrolled. Interested freshmen seeking teacher certification in other areas and undecided new freshmen wanting to explore teaching as an option are also invited to join.
This learning community formally meets during the fall semester of the freshmen year. It is designed to bring together students majoring in Elementary Education that will lead to K-6 teacher certification. Students will be immersed in an environment rich in coursework and interact with faculty and staff who are preparing tomorrow’s leaders for teaching in K-6 schools. During the spring semester, the students will have an opportunity to participate in a field experience working with school-aged children.
Throughout their freshman year, students will take courses and have experiences ranging from having a primary focus on helping entering freshmen identify and acquire skills and dispositions to become successful college students to those establishing the foundation for beginning the process of “thinking like a teacher”. They will also be paired with cooperating teachers in K-6 schools where they will gain a sense of what it means to be a teacher.
In the fall, connections to teaching as a discipline will be strengthened by having students enroll in EDUC 205 – Social Foundations of American Education in the United States. This course will provide students with an early exposure to the history, philosophy, and challenges faced by schools in the United States today. Students will also enroll in EDUC 216 – Learning Community Orientation to Teacher Education. Students will receive an overview of the Elementary Education program and develop an individualized long range plan of study to satisfy the requirements in the different teacher certification content areas available at Iowa State University. Additionally, students enroll in HD FS 102 – Individual and Family Life Development. This class fulfills the life-span development requirement of teacher education as well as a social science requirement.
In the spring, the learning community students will enroll in their first field experience at Iowa State, EDUC 280N– Pre-Student Teaching Experience I. During this experience, the students will be paired with a K-6 cooperating teacher within the local school district for a 14-16 hour practicum experience. This opportunity will allow the students to gain a hands-on practical experience that will hopefully confirm their choice of teaching as an occupation and help to clarify which level of teaching will be a better fit for them.
As a result of being a member of Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community, the students will gain an understanding of how schools work within a community, an appreciation of how schools and universities cooperate to prepare teachers, and what it means to be a teacher. With the leadership of peer-mentors, students are introduced to useful resources, receive academic support through study groups, and participate in special learning and group activities. Students will come to know more about themselves, their learning styles and their vocational fit.
“The best part about being in a learning community is getting to know people that have similar interests and goals as you.”-Brittney D
“The best part about being in a learning community is always having someone to guide you, encourage you, and help you whenever needed.” -Carly
Majors eligible to join
Undecided students in the College of Human Sciences
Are you a College of Human Sciences student still exploring your education and career options? MINDS will help you explore your career possibilities and options while giving you the opportunity to get to know your fellow Cyclones. You’ll participate in an orientation class taught by college advisers and engage in learning and social activities with peer mentors. You’ll get guidance for your first semester, as you learn about your strengths and set a course for your Iowa State adventure.
Students will sign up during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for more information.
The best part about a learning community is knowing that you’re not alone when trying to figure out how to survive as a college student – Chris M
You should join a learning community because of the networking opportunities as peers are in relevant majors and are considering related career plans…have a social network to extend beyond academic opportunities – Kyle Z.
Majors Eligible to Join
All entering transfer students and those who have recently changed their major to Kinesiology and Health or Pre-Athletic Training are automatically enrolled.
The purpose of this learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University and the Department of Kinesiology. Students engaged in this learning community identify as transfer students or students who have recently changed their major into the department. The learning community is affiliated with the orientation course, KIN 253, which students complete during their first semester in the department. This course provides opportunities for career exploration, transfer credit evaluation, building an academic plan and utilizing campus resources. Upperclassmen Peer Mentors actively assist with the course, providing support and guidance to new students as they navigate Iowa State University and the Department of Kinesiology.
Students will register for Kin 253 their first semester and will be part of the learning community through enrollment in this course.
"Being in a learning community enhances your college experience. You are welcomed into an encouraging atmosphere that gives you the tools and confidence to grow. The people you meet become your friends and motivate you to succeed."
Majors eligible to join
Only freshmen in the Kinesiology & Health and Pre-Athletic Training majors will have computer access during registration.
The goals of the Kinesiology Freshman Learning Community are: 1) to encourage career exploration and appropriate career selection; 2) foster connectedness to other Kinesiology students, the Department of Kinesiology, and Iowa State University; 3) assist new students in making a successful transition to college; and 4) encourage positive citizenship through campus activities and service-learning. Students will take a cluster of courses together that address these goals, typically KIN 252, 253, and Health Studies (H S) 110.
Students will work with academic advisers and upper-level students called Peer Mentors who will help them become familiar with the Department of Kinesiology and campus resources. Students will engage in field trips, service-learning activities, study sessions, in-class activities, as well as campus and community activities to explore career interests, gain experience, and network with relevant programs and people. The learning community activities are part of the freshman orientation class, KIN 253, which students complete during their first semester. Related activities are offered during the spring semester, such as study sessions, additional field trips, time with Peer Mentors, etc.
Freshmen will register during summer orientation sessions.
Child, Adult, and Family Services; Early Childhood Education; Family Consumer Science Education and Studies, Financial Counseling and Planning.
The Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community provides students with an opportunity to make valuable connections with both peers and faculty during the first semester at ISU. Students enroll in common courses such as Religion 205, HDFS 102, and HDFS 110, a Learning Community Orientation course which addresses adjustment to college life, exploring campus resources, and general career awareness. Opportunities are available to interact with peers and faculty outside of class.
Signing up is not necessary. Students entering HDFS curricula are automatically included in the learning community.
All entering transfer students majoring in Elementary Education automatically enroll as well as current Iowa State students who are changing their major to Elementary Education. Other students wanting to explore teaching as an option are also invited to join.
This learning community meets two times a week for eleven weeks during a transfer student’s first semester at Iowa State. It is designed to bring together transfer students majoring in Elementary Education that will lead to K-6 teacher certification. Throughout the semester, with the leadership of the instructor and peer mentors, the students will have an opportunity to learn about our teacher education program, useful resources on campus and participate in study groups and special group activities. Students will come to know more about themselves and the type of teacher they want to become through class presentations and reflective writing opportunities.
New students to Iowa State enroll during transfer orientation. Current ISU students would enroll if they are changing or considering changing their majors to Elementary Education.
The Directions LC is for first year students majoring in Hospitality Management or Event Management. The LC focuses on creating a learning environment that enhances our freshmen students’ academic experience at ISU. Peer mentors serve as coordinators for academic and social activities. Several social and service learning events take place during the fall semester.
During the fall semester, students will take several common courses such as HDFS 102, FSHN 167, HSP M 101, AESHM 112/113, and ENGL 150.
First year students majoring in Hospitality Management or Event Management will automatically become members of the Directions learning community. Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.
All first-year direct from high school and transfer students of color within the College of Human Sciences are eligible to join.
The goal is to develop a community of students of color and give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus resources. It is a place for you to connect to the university community and the College of Human Sciences. We focus on Academic Success, Leadership, and Networking with Faculty, Staff and Alumni.
Connect Four includes:
Meetings twice a month
Free food at meetings
A peer mentor who can ‘show you the ropes’
Academic support (students who participate in Connect Four have a higher average GPA’s than students who choose not to)
Fun–we have a good time
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about upcoming meetings and how you can get involved. First-year and transfer students can sign-up with the College Director of Multicultural Student Success during Orientation.