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Learning Communities

Learning Communities 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.

  • Civic Engagement Learning Community Expand Horizons icon
  • Diversity Learning Community Expand Horizons icon Make Connections icon
  • Integrating Active Learning with a Classroom Response System Transform Teaching icon
  • Academic Motherhood: Surviving and Succeeding Transform Teaching icon
  • Investigations into Student Evaluation of Teaching Transform Teaching icon
  • Writing - Thinking - Learning Transform Teaching icon
  • Global Teaching and Learning Community Transform Teaching icon
  • Wise Women Transform Teaching icon

Please contact Dana Karraker at dmkarra@ilstu.edu for more information.

Explore ways to implement aspects of civic engagement, service learning, and community engagement into your courses. 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 tolearn about civic engagement at Illinois State! (No previous knowledge required).

For the fall semester, we will be reading from Publicly Engaged Scholars by Margaret A. Post and Elaine Ward (Eds.).

Friday, September 14 • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 12 • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, November 9 • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, December 14 • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Facilitators:
Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Harriett Steinbach, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

Please contact Dana Karraker at dmkarra@ilstu.edu for more information.

What actions we can take as a community of teacher/scholars to create a more inclusive campus environment? Explore ways to implement aspects of civic engagement, service learning, and community. In this Learning Community, 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.

Facilitators:
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Please contact Greg Maier at gmmaier@ilstu.edu for more information.

Explore a variety of learning activities using a classroom response system (clicker). In each meeting, we will try out various clicker activities that promote active student learning and ongoing formative assessment for the instructor. The various learning activities presented will then be evaluated by the group through discussion and self-reflection. In addition to clickers, we will explore other audience response systems and web-based applications. For those wishing to get started with clickers right away, trial sets of clickers and student codes will be available! For more information, contact Greg Maier at gmmaier@ilstu.edu.

Facilitators:
Greg Maier, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Steve Travers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Please contact Shelly Clevenger at slcleve@ilstu.edu for more information.

Women who are faculty members and mothers face issues that are unique and that their male counterparts, who are fathers, do not. This is often related to gender norms, roles and expectations related to motherhood, which presents challenges at work and at home. This group will tackle those issues through reading and discussions.

Participants will receive a copy of the book Mama PhD, which will serve as the shared text. The goal of this faculty learning community is to provide a supportive space for participants to share their common experiences and struggles as well as develop strategies to succeed and/or deal with the issues they face.

Facilitator:
Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences

Please contact Julie-Ann McFann at jmmcfan@ilstu.edu for more information.

Student evaluation of teaching is a topic of importance in each academic department. This year-long learning community will meet once per month to discuss scholarly readings from a variety of sources on topics such as the history and fundamentals of course evaluations, issues surrounding the viability of course evaluations, factors that help or hinder the validity of evaluations, the “best” way to conduct evaluations, how to design valid and reliable course evaluations, and how to mitigate bias-related issues. The ultimate output of this group is a summary report for publication or a conference presentation of rationale, findings, and recommendations for Illinois State.

Facilitators:
Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Pete Smudde, School of Communication

Please contact Claire Lamonica at cclamon@ilstu.edu for more information.

In this Learning Community, instructors will draw on the work of John C. Bean to explore the connections between critical thinking, writing, and active learning in courses across the university curriculum. The group will meet monthly during the first semester, with the possibility of extending its work into the second semester as need or interest demands. We will begin with a jigsaw reading of Bean’s book, Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, continue with a classroom application phase followed by a self-report phase, and ending (or beginning) with the production of individually- or collaboratively-produced work products. These may include Teaching Innovation or SoTL grant proposals; conference, book chapter, or article proposals; drafts of articles, etc. Copies of the book will be provided to participants.

Facilitator:
Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Please contact Mayuko Nakamura at mnakamu@ilstu.edu for more information.

A core value of in Illinois State’s strategic plan says that the University is charged with “advancing learning experiences that help faculty, staff, and students succeed in a global society.” This learning community is for anyone who teaches a course with an international focus, is interested in incorporating a global perspective in a course s/he teaches, or who work with international students. The focus of discussions will be on how we can help students gain international perspectives and increase their intercultural awareness.

Facilitators:
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Dawn Beichner, Criminal Justice Sciences

Please contact Claire Lamonica at cclamon@ilstu.edu for more information.

Wise Women is a Learning Community 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.

Facilitator:
Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

If you have an idea for a Learning Community that does not appear on this list and would like to information on how to add a Learning Community or if you have any questions about Learning Communities, please contact CTLT Coordinator, Dana Karraker at dmkarra@ilstu.edu 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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