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Communities of Practice

Communities of practice (CoPs) are groups of people who come together to share ideas and strategies, determine solutions, and build innovations around a common concern or interest.communityofpractice

The Center for Teaching and Learning supports four CoPs. Each one varies in its level of activity. If you have an idea for a new CoP, let us know about your interest!

By registering your interest in a CoP (see links below), then we’ll be sure to communicate with you about activities associated with the CoP.

The Flipped Classroom

This community of practice will bring together instructors from across campus who have taught or are teaching a flipped class. The CoP provides an opportunity for instructors to share strategies, ask questions, consider different approaches, and get support around the many aspects of a flipped class. The CoP will meet on the second Friday of the month (December – March) from 2:00-3:00 PM at the following locations:

December 9 (ENGR 314)
January 13 (MEC 301)
February 10 (MEC 301)
March 10 (MEC 301)

Register your interest through this Google form!

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

This community of practice brings together instructors from across campus who are exploring or implementing Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). Some conversations are about how to make POGIL work in the classroom; other conversations provide opportunities for people who are crafting POGIL activities to get feedback.

The POGIL CoP will meet on the following days during the spring semester (Thursdays, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM):

January 26 (ILC 315)
February 23 (ILC 315)
March 30 (RFH 301)
April 27 (ILC 315)

Register your interest through this Google form!

Service-Learning Community of Practice

If you are already involved in service-learning, or would like to test the waters, I invite you to join other instructors for discussions on integrating service-learning into your courses. This group of faculty glean ideas from each other, support each other in taking new steps in service-learning, and steer each other toward helpful research, writing, and publishing avenues. You will hear examples of service-learning in different disciplines, common concerns about service-learning and approaches to addressing those concerns. Enjoy curious, open, supportive conversation.

The Service-Learning CoP will meet for monthly drop ins on the 2nd Thursdays at noon in ILC 315, starting January 12th. RSVP to Kara at 426-2380.

Register your interest through this Google form!

Team Based Learning

This Community of Practice is for instructors who use or wish to use team work in class. We discuss best practices for use of teams during class time, provide a forum for instructors to ask questions and share their methods, and support faculty as they implement different aspects of Team-Based Learning in their classes.

First meeting: Tuesday, January 24, 12pm in Riverfront Hall 301.
Second meeting: Tuesday, February 28, 12pm in the CTL (ILC 315).
Third meeting: Tuesday, April 4, 12pm in Riverfront Hall 301.

For all meetings we welcome all faculty, from those who are interested in learning about Team-Based Learning to those who are experienced TBL users. Our first meeting will focus on how to write an effective team activity primarily from a TBL standpoint, how that differs from other pedagogies involving group work.

Register your interest through this Google form!