”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.
"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap
Majors eligible to join
Open to all majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.
The Design Exchange Learning Community is a full year living and learning experience open to direct from high school first-year students enrolled in any major in the College of Design. The residential component allows students to build a support network as they transition to ISU and the College of Design. All Design Exchange students are enrolled in a one credit seminar each semester (DSN S 110 in fall and DSN S 111 in spring) that encourages their personal, social and intellectual development. All students will take DSN S 131 in the fall together. They will take DSN S 102 in the Spring. Students also participate in academic and social activities arranged by a peer mentor.
The Design Exchange is a residential learning community housed in Friley and Helser halls.
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.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.
Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap
Majors eligible to join
Open to all freshmen and transfer students with majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.
The Design Collaborative is a one-semester, non-residential learning community required for all first-year students enrolled in the College of Design, who are not enrolled in the Design Exchange. The Design Collaborative provides students with the opportunity to connect with both peers and faculty members during the semester. Participants expand their knowledge of the various disciplines offered by the College of Design as well as enhance their skills necessary to succeed as design students.
You will register for the learning community at summer orientation, if you are a freshman, and at transfer orientation if you are a transfer student.