Lehigh Carbon Community College
Comparative Religion (REL 201):
- Brought on board to teach one section of Comparative Religion per semester, now teaching three sections per semester, up to 35 students per section
- Wrote the course description, course outline and expected outcomes for Comparative Religion (REL 201)
- Developed and launched 14-week online version, created and taught 9-week and 6-week online versions at request of administrative leadership
- Teaches night and day face-to-face classes as well as online, working with a wide diversity of students
- Currently planning LCCC's first online linked Learning Community with another instructor for the fall of 2009, Comparative Religion and Abnormal Psychology, "The Psychology of Cults." Students will have a shared online space and several case studies in which they explore the difference between functional and dysfunctional religious associations, whether or not the term "cult" can be applied to new religious movements, and the significance of the issue for the 21st century.
- Worked with another instructor to create and teach a Learning Community, "The Child and God," spring of 2009, linking Comparative Religion with Child Development in an exploration of the way children learn religion. Students worked in cooperative groups on smaller projects that ultimately came together in a final book on the shared subject matter.
- Worked with another instructor to create a Learning Community, "Where Freud Meets God," fall of 2008, that linked Comparative Religion with Social Psychology. The courses met once per month and the students worked in cooperative groups on incremental assignments that culminated in a final project, the creation of a book exploring the cognitive sources of prejudice against religion.
- Partnered with an English department colleague and a chemistry professor from Drexel University conducting an open source research project. The courses (ENG 105 and 107 and a graduate level chemistry course) were not officially linked as a Learning Community, but the students communicated through wikis and blogs. English composition assignments were centered on medical and chemistry topics and students were tasked with examining the pros and cons of open source science.
English I (ENG 105):
- Taught for four semesters
Chinese I (CHN 100):
- Developed first semester online Mandarin Chinese with the school's Instructional Technologist, using podcasts, screen captures, audacity and other technologies in order to incorporate both written and oral Chinese into the course
- Taught the course online, spring 2008