Faculty Learning Communities & Book Discussion Groups

Would you like to join with other faculty to talk about teaching?  Are you interested in exploring instructional topics with a small, interdisciplinary group of faculty?  Then consider becoming a member of a Faculty Learning Community.  Faculty members may select a book to discuss, engage in the Teaching Observation Partners, and/or determine an instructional improvement project of interest to the group.

Book Group – Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty 

Dates: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.  (Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28)
Facilitators: Vicki Parish and Alicia Landry
Instructional Themes: Pedagogy
Registration: Closed

Women in Academic Leadership Learning Community

The WALL community exists to support and empower female leaders at UCA. Leadership is defined by role and not by position; therefore, women in all ranks and positions are eligible to participate. The group will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 12:00 p.m. and will be facilitated by Vicki Groves-Scott and Amy Hawkins.

Dates: Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.  (Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8)
Facilitators: Vicki Groves-Scott and Amy Hawkins
Instructional Themes: Diversity
Registration: Closed

New Faculty Learning Community

Are you in your first or second year of teaching at UCA? If so, this learning community is for you! Gather with other new UCA instructors to begin building a support network and resources to support your success under the guidance of a seasoned professional, Dr. Patricia Kohler-Evans, Professor of Elementary, Literacy, and Director of the Mashburn Center of Learning.

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  (Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20)
Facilitator: Patti Kohler-Evans
Instructional Themes: Pedagogy
Registration: Closed

Online Teaching Learning Community

The dynamics and challenges associated with teaching online are experienced across all disciplines, by faculty at various levels. This faculty learning community aims to identify solutions to these challenges and explore effective strategies and techniques that will lead to a successful online experience – for both the instructor and student. Instructors will deepen their knowledge about online teaching through a variety of activities, including reflective dialogue, research, presentations from seasoned online instructors, and the exchange of personal experiences and resources.

Dates: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29)
Facilitator: Jessica Underwood
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Registration: Closed

Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Learning Community NEW!

This learning community is open to all faculty who are driven to implement and model best practices in online course design. Using the Bb ECP rubric, participating faculty will work as a community to transform an online course that reflects best practices for designing, engaging, assessing, and supporting learners. As a capstone to the learning community, faculty will submit their online course to the internationally recognized Bb Exemplary Course Program with the intent of achieving exemplary status.

Note: Faculty interested in this community must have participated in an instructional design consultation and developed a stipend-eligible online course during the process.

Dates: Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm (Oct 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov 20, Jan. 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 5)
Facilitators: Lisa Davis, Vicki Parish, Jessica Underwood
Instructional Theme: Online Teaching
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 29th

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Book Group

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning “is a book for anyone who has ever considered engaging in SoTL and needs a better understanding of what it is and how to engage in it.” The book addresses how to create and manage a SoTL project and supplies “background information, foundational theory, tools, resources, and methodology” to develop SoTL projects. Books are provided at no cost by CTE, and the plan is to transition the book group to a learning community that engages in collaborative, cross-disciplinary SoTL research projects.

Dates: Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.  (Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 30)
Facilitator: Amy Hawkins
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Campus & Community
Registration: Closed


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