”Students who join learning communities have a special opportunity to connect with classmates---form study groups, serve as sounding boards for one another, and even develop lasting friendships throughout their four years at ISU. Seeing the same familiar faces in two classes every week creates a comfort level many college first-years don't experience, and finding comfort in the classroom setting inevitably leads to smoother learning and more permanent retention of vital communication skills that translate to the workplace."
Majors eligible to join
Students of any major (including Open Option) who register for English 214 and English 250.
Students will learn about the background, practical application of, techniques of, and demand for technical writing and web design/usability in the U.S. and worldwide. Through written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills, they will complete summaries and rhetorical analyses related to topics in technical communication. They will also delve into visual website design and rhetoric and learn to analyze and evaluate visuals both in terms of their messages and in their creation as TComm deliverables. Finally, they will master argumentation, acting as mediators in debates centered around technology, its use/misuse in the workplace, and its presentation in writing and multimedia. Because all students enrolled in this section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of English 214, this will encourage a sense of community and create shared learning opportunities. Within this single learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement and an ISUComm Foundations requirement! Students will also gain a greater understanding of technical communications as a field, potentially adding it as a major, second major, or minor. Tech Comm was recently rated the 14th best job in the U.S. by Career Cast and other sources, meaning that majors in English and related fields are becoming more and more lucrative as the demand for strong communicators rises!
Students will have the opportunity to register for this learning community during spring registration and June Orientation.
The best part of learning community is all of the connections I've made. I met some of my best friends when I was taking it as a freshman and I continue to meet new people all the time. It has also allowed me to connect with a lot of professors who have been valuable resources to me throughout my college career. - Kate
Majors eligible to join
The Chemistry Learning Community is intended for first-year and transfer majors in chemistry, but is open to any student with an interest in chemistry.
The Chemistry Learning Community (CLC) seeks to build a community environment that fosters the educational and emotional growth of chemistry students. Because of the importance of research in chemistry, the CLC is centered on a research theme. The CLC holds weekly meetings and activities with freshmen and transfer students throughout the year. Students enroll in Chemistry 101A (fall only) and Chem 101B (spring only) “Chemistry Learning Community Orientation.” We will introduce students to support services, resources, and opportunities at ISU including AccessPlus, Canvas, and the Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) – our chemistry club. We will develop team-building, problem-solving, and professional skills, provide educational and service-based field trips, and invite faculty to discuss their research. We will also have some activities just for fun!
Our goals include:
building a supportive community for our freshmen and transfer students by creating and promoting connections between the majors, peer mentors, faculty and staff,
exposing freshmen and transfer students to undergraduate research opportunities, and
helping students learn coping, problem-solving and communication skills.
This is a non-residential learning community.
All incoming first-year and transfer chemistry majors will automatically become part of the Chemistry Learning Community when they register for courses at summer orientation. Be sure to show up in August for the learning community orientation events which will be held just prior to the start of classes.
"Students should join a learning community because they are the foundation of your college career. Leaning communities get you involved with other students who are in the same class as you. This allows students to easily meet each other and form study groups. Learning communities are also externally important for networking and creating friendships. Interacting with students of either the same or different major allows students to form friendships that could last a lifetime. Also, the advisors of the learning community are a great network source, as they have had previous students going through the same thing you are. Learning communities helped me become the best I could be." -Michael
A student should join a learning community because it will not only provide personal development but professional development as well. Students will make endless personal and professional connections that will ultimately lead them onto a path of success. Students will be mentored and led by successful upperclassmen students and an instructor who has a passion to serve the learning community and provide students with the necessary resources to be successful. I believe joining a learning community is vital to success and would highly recommend it.—Christopher
Majors Eligible to Join
Any engineering major .
Get the LEAD edge! The LEAD Learning Community is structured to support multicultural engineering students taking basic program courses (Chemistry, Math, and Physics).
The LEAD Living and Learning Community offers four main components:
Orientation courses in the fall (Engr 104) and spring (Engr 105)
A residential/living component
Course-clustered “learning teams”
The LEAD Learning Community is designed to assist in the development of the academic, professional and social support network of multicultural (African American, Latino/a American, Asian American, Native American, & Multi-racial) engineering students. LEAD Learning Community participants engage in professional development seminars, industrial plant visits, out-of-class community building activities, informal opportunities to interact with faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, and leadership and community service/volunteer experiences. In addition, LEAD members are assigned academic peer mentors who facilitate daily study sessions and assist with their transition to Iowa State University and the College of Engineering.
Students who choose to participate in the residential component of the LEAD Learning Community get the added benefit of living on the same residence hall floor with other multicultural engineering students and having the support of a residential peer mentor that lives on the floor and assists in the facilitation of extra-curricular activities.
The LEAD Residential Learning Community is offered in conjunction with the ISU Department of Residence and is housed in Friley Hall on Meeker House.
To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.”
Once enrolled in the residential option of the LEAD Learning Community, registration for the course-clustered learning team takes place during summer orientation in the month of June.
"Student’s should join the learning community to help learn the resources available to them and help build connections with other transfer students in their major.” -Janessa Boley
New Chemical Engineering transfer students are eligible to join.
The Chemical Engineering academic learning community has been developed to create a sense of connection between transfer students in the department. Through this learning community experience, students will explore their major and career goals while also gaining exposure to the various areas of industry and research that are available to them upon graduation. Focus will also be placed on developing awareness of resources, integration into Iowa State’s campus, and opportunities for growth and advancement through discussions and activities throughout the learning community seminar. Campus exploration will also occur through a variety of experiences including a semester-long group project, interaction with faculty members in the department, and advice from peer mentors who were transfer students themselves.
In addition, members of the academic learning community will create a culture of connection and collaboration through clustered coursework.
Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during Orientation.
Chemical Engineering majors enrolling in ChE 325 and English 314.
The Chemical Engineering & Technical Communication learning community links two of our junior-level courses: Engl 314 – Technical Communication and ChE 325 – Chemical Engineering Lab 1. This links allows for assignments to be coordinated between the two classes and provides in-depth instruction on how to write technical lab reports.
A student peer mentor, who has previously completed both courses successfully, will assist learning community members with report format requirements. This peer mentor must be capable of evaluating reports from the perspective of style requirements and clarity to ensure students are receiving a consistent message from both courses. In this format, student motivation and performance has improved by the very evident connection between report writing in principle and in the context of conveying their own results.
Sign up will take place during Registration. Please ask your adviser for details.
Registering for the learning community will allow you to register for the reserved sections of English 314. Registration for the learning community is by using a Reference number, which can be obtained from CBE Department Advisers. The learning community must be the first course entered onto your schedule to allow you to add the appropriate English 314 section. If any course is entered before the learning community, you will not be allowed to add the learning community section of English 314. Any courses on your schedule prior to enrolling in the learning community will need to be removed from your schedule, then enroll in the learning community, continue enrollment in the semester’s courses. Registering for the learning community does not automatically enroll you in English 314 or in ChE 325; you must add these courses separately.
"The best part of being in this Learning Community is gaining those connections with students that you will be in classess with for the rest of your college career." -John Schomers
First-year students who have declared Chemical Engineering (ChE) as their intended major
The ChE Learning Community has two options. Students may elect to participate in one or both communities as space allows.
Residential Learning Community – This learning community is designed to develop connections between first-year students in Chemical Engineering. Men and women in this co-ed residential learning community will live with other students in their major on the Spinney House in Friley Hall (Union Drive). A peer mentor will provide assistance to learning community members as they transition to Iowa State University. The peer mentor will facilitate activities throughout the academic year to build a sense of connection and cohesion among learning community participants. These relationships are meant to help students foster a sincere sense of belonging in the department, university, and Ames community, while creating opportunities to live and learn together.
Academic Learning Community –This learning community is designed to allow first-year students to enroll in a number of common courses with peers in their major. Students will build relationships with their peers while learning fundamental coursework in the College of Engineering. Several peer mentors will provide assistance to learning community members as they transition to Iowa State University. These peer mentors will also facilitate activities throughout the academic year to build a sense of connection and cohesion among learning community participants. These relationships are meant to help students foster a sincere sense of belonging in the department, university, and Ames community, while creating opportunities to study and learn together.
Our first-year ChE Living Community is located on Spinney House in Friley Hall (Union Drive).
1. Incoming students must indicate their preference for joining the residential learning community when completing the Department of Residence Housing Contract on AccessPlus. Space is limited and will be assigned to students based upon the date their housing contract is submitted. 2. Incoming students must indicate their interest in joining the academic learning community at their academic advising appointment during orientation.
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is a supportive community dedicated to making STEM equitable and welcoming for all. The goal of WiSE is to provide the network and resources WiSE students need to excel in their studies, approach their career with confidence, and become advocates and leaders. Female-identifying students in a STEM major are automatically in WiSE.
This course equips first-year WiSE students with skills needed to persist and thrive in their chosen STEM major at Iowa State and beyond. Students explore experiences of diverse women leaders in STEM fields, engage with peers across STEM fields, and develop community in small groups with peer leaders. This course also fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement.
*this includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.
Community groups are designed to connect first-year and transfer WiSE students with each other. Groups meet informally once a week with an upper-division WiSE Community Coordinator. During these meetings, groups do a variety of activities ranging from eating together, studying, and exploring what Iowa State has to offer. The focus of these groups is to foster connections between students, specifically the peer-to-peer relationship.
WiSE Connects are monthly events featuring food, speakers and activities! Open to all WiSE students to attend and connect with one another. These activities connect the WiSE student community together and with other individual that impact their undergraduate experience.
Residential clusters are designed to help students connect and build community with other female-identifying students in STEM. WiSE residential clusters options exist for first-year and transfer students.
All female-identifying women in STEM are automatically in WiSE and will receive the e-WiSE to their Iowa State email. The e-WiSE has information on how to sign up for WiSE opportunities. Students are also welcome to stop in the WiSE office at 218 Carver and talk to a staff member.