MCC highlights successes of learning communities classes
Building on the successes of its learning communities classes, which allow students to learn about two interlinked subjects and receive credits for two classes, McHenry County College (MCC) recently hosted this year’s Consortium for Illinois Learning Communities Conference (CLIC).
“As a charter member of the CILC, we have always looked to MCC as a leader in learning communities, both for the college's considerable success over many years in designing and offering innovative learning communities and for pioneering unique integrative pedagogical approaches,” CLIC Executive Director James Allen said. “We've also greatly admired MCC's marketing strategies for these programs, particularly the poster designs and the 'Twofer' slogan.”
MCC’s learning communities classes, or Twofer classes, combine two related subjects into one class, presenting interlinked subjects in way that highlights their connections. For example, one popular Twofer class, titled "Talking Dirty," combines a human xexuality psychology class with an ethics class. Each course is taught by two faculty members.
“It’s a whole new way of learning that makes more sense,” Midday said. “I believe that we’ve got to change the way we reach students—the world is different. Students don’t learn in a vacuum. … When students are given the opportunity to see immediately what they’re learning and where it fits … it allows them to make those connections and actually apply the theory.”
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