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What are Learning Communities?
Learning communities are groups of classes linked by a common theme, creating an opportunity for students with shared goals to work collaboratively in a dynamic learning environment. Students in learning communities benefit from smaller class sizes, active participation in college and community events, and curriculum designed to deepen learning across disciplines.
The advantages are real. Research shows that students who participate in learning communities demonstrate:
- Increased engagement in their studies
- Improved academic success
- A stronger sense of connection to their learning, their college, and to each other
Spring 2015 Learning Community:
The Shopping Cart Experience
Learning communities are unique learning opportunities that offer students the chance to achieve common goals through team-work, experiential learning, and integrated curriculum across courses. This spring MassBay is pleased to offer a learning community that enables students in four separate courses to collaborate in a common project called The Shopping Cart Experience. Participants will have an opportunity to apply their individual knowledge and skills to contribute to the project, simulating a real world experience. Students may be enrolled in one or more courses listed below:
- WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT 4 Credits
CS 241 $816/$1640*
This course introduces the fundamentals of web programming. Students will build database driven Web sites that retrieve, integrate and present database content. Students will use professional tools used to enhance and accelerate the development of web sites. Client-side and server-side scripting will be presented using current web technologies. Pre-requisite: CS 120 Programming I or CS 118 Scripting.
1429 CS 241 012 T 11:00AM 1:15PM WEL ***
1447 CS 241 012L R 11:00AM 1:15PM WEL ***
- WEB DESIGN 4 Credits
CS 176 $816/$1640*
1163 CS 176 011 TR 9:30AM 10:45AM WEL ***
1164 CS 176 011L TR 10:45AM 11:45AM WEL ***
- DIGITAL IMAGING 3 Credits
CS 126 $522/$1140*
This is the foundation course for students interested in digital imaging. This course explores principles of design and composition while enhancing familiarity with image creation and manipulation software, digital image capture, and the inclusion of images in web design. It emphasizes visual communication using digital art, graphic design, and color. In addition to class work, it requires independent computer lab time. Each student presents and defends an end-of-term project. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Open Lab.
1162 CS 126 014 T 11:00AM 1:45PM WEL ***
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT 4 Credits
MN 140 $816/$1640*
This course provides an introduction to project management theory and the use of MS Project software. It focuses on coordinating tasks, assigning resources, and tracking cost to develop a project schedule. Students learn project management skills while working on actual projects. MS Project and various CAD, CS and MS Office applications are used to complete hands-on course work. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Lab: 2 hours per week.
1326 MN 140 750 ONLINE ONL ***
1327 MN 140 750L T 10:00AM 12:00PM WEL ***
- Learning Community Project
Common meeting time 11am – 12pm
*** Courses run from January 20, 2015 to May 11, 2015
Students in these courses will also benefit from supplemental instruction (a learning specialist) to help them with their professional writing skills.
Notes: Students may consider taking more than one of these courses, but are not required to do so.
For more information, please contact Professor Susanne Steiger-Escobar firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Marina Bograd email@example.com.