The Columba Cornerstone Course introduces students to foundational ideas, perspectives, and techniques of inquiry that are essential to the college experience. The course emphasizes the diversity of the human experience, and focuses on the reading, writing, and thinking skills crucial to success both in college and beyond. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students will engage with fundamental questions of what it means to be alive in our time and place. How should we live? What responsibilities do we have to others? To ourselves? To what freedoms are we entitled?The Columba Cornerstone course also provides the locus for the GAEL Hour, a one-credit academic unit designed to ground students in essential learning that supports the entirety of their Iona experience. GAEL Hour Learning Modules address The Iona Story, Diversity, Information & Digital Literacy, e-Portfolio and Financial Literacy, and are delivered through a combination of online self-guided learning as well as in-class and co-curricular experiences. The Columba Cornerstone is “linked” with another course (and instructor) to form a Learning Community. As a Learning Community, the course instructors work in collaboration to foster an environment of integrated learning for the shared group of students who travel together between the two courses. Class Notes: DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE.