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Teaching-Learning Communities

Teaching-Learning Communities (TLCs) are small groups of faculty and staff (5-12 members) who meet regularly each semester to discuss specific topics of shared interest or to meet the needs of specific groups. Each group establishes its own meeting schedule, and CTLT provides space (as requested) and limited funding for books or other relevant materials. To join, please contact one of the group’s facilitators.

Need help finding the right events? Most workshops are tagged with one or more of CTLT's Keys to Enhanced Teaching.

New for Spring 2018

Civic Engagement in the University Classroom Make Connections icon Design Learning icon

Please contact Dana Karraker at for more information.

This community will focus on modifying your curriculum to implement aspects of civic engagement, service learning and community engagement. If you have participated in the course redesign for civic engagement in the past, this is a good time to reconnect with others who have been through the same process and to share what you have learned. If you are new to civic engagement, come join us to learn about civic engagement at Illinois State. No previous knowledge required.

TLC’s Returning for Spring 2018

(new members welcome!)

  • Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds Design Learning icon
  • Going Global Expand Horizons icon
  • Cultural Diversity Engage Learners icon Make Connections icon
  • Minorities in the Academic Workplace Make Connections icon
  • Wise Women Transform Teaching icon

Please contact Linda Summers at for more information.

This community will focus on blended learning, which many educators claim is “the best of both worlds” when it comes to adult learners. The book selected to guide our fall discussion, Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide (2014), provides a practical, streamlined approach for creating effective learning experiences by blending online activities with the best of traditional teaching. Monthly on-campus sessions will be supplemented with hands-on activities in a group ReggieNet site to allow practical experience with the tools and techniques discussed. No previous knowledge required.

Please contact Mayuko Nakamura at for more information.

Our society and economy is becoming more global. As stated in the Core Value of Diversity in Educating Illinois, the University is charged with providing “opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.” This TLC is for anyone who teaches a course with an international focus, is interested in incorporating a global perspective in a course s/he teachers, or people who work with international students. The focus of discussions will be on how we can help students gain international perspectives.

Please contact Mayuko Nakamura at for more information.

In this TLC, we will select readings that will help us discuss how cultural biases can influence our behaviors and attitudes toward students, colleagues and even ourselves. We will examine cultural stereotypes, microaggression, and systemic oppression, and their effects on our teaching and classroom.

Please contact Mayuko Nakamura at for more information.

This group is intended to provide you with an opportunity to discuss the joys and challenges of being minorities in the academic workplace. The group will choose a book to read throughout the semester that will facilitate discussion regarding how we can help each other maximize joys and minimize challenges.

Please contact Claire Lamonica at for more information.

Wise Women is a TLC specially designed for women academics “of a certain age”… approaching a certain age… or hoping to someday achieve a certain age! Of course, anyone who is interested in our “book of the semester” is more than welcome to join.
To learn more about our current reading selection and meeting dates, contact Claire.

If you have an idea for a TLC that does not appear on this list and would like to information on how to add a TLC or if you have any questions about TLCs, please contact CTLT Coordinator, Dana Karraker at or (309) 438-5110.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in a CTLT event or service, please contact our front desk at (309) 438-2542.

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