Center for Teaching and Learning

Learning Communities

Spring 2015 Offerings

Registration Period:  March 13 – April 9, 2015, 8 a.m.
Registration has now closed.

Background:  Learning Communities are comprised of participants who are interested in a particular topic where new ideas are shared, engaging conversations happen, networks are formed, and much more.  Those who register should understand that successful Learning Communities occur when attending all scheduled meetings (pending emergencies).  For more details and questions, please see our FAQ’s page.

“Better Learning through Reflection in Engineering, Science, and Math”

Facilitator:  Ken Yasuhara, Research Scientist, Center for Engineering Learning & Technology

When students dedicate time to revisiting past education experiences, they can learn more and relate the experiences to future action. This kind of reflection could be as simple as their reviewing a graded homework, noting what they struggled with, and identifying strategies for improving future homework. In this Learning Community, we will examine benefits of and methods for facilitating student reflection in engineering/science/math education, as well as consider how we might incorporate reflection into our teaching.

Open to all UW instructors and staff educators who teach undergraduates in engineering, science, and math.

When: Thursdays (April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 7)
Time: 1:30-2:20 p.m.
Where: Gerberding 100 – Conference Room 156

About the facilitator: Ken Yasuhara is on the staff of the UW’s Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) and is the UW campus lead for the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE). He has a PhD. in Computer Science and Engineering from UW and has substantial experience in engineering education research.

“Supporting Your Students to get the Most out of Their Study Abroad Experience”

Facilitator:  Clarissa Surek-Clark, Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics

This Learning Community aims to engage new and veteran faculty and staff educators leading Study Abroad programs in a series of engaging conversations surrounding issues that arise while teaching and living away from the UW campuses.  Topics include and are not limited to program focus, role of the instructor, stereotypes and politeness, cultural brokering, and creating an ongoing learning community upon returning to Seattle.  Participants will be encouraged to share any experiences to enrich the LC experience.

Open to all UW instructors and staff educators.

When:  Thursdays (April 9, April 23, April 30, May 7)
Time:  3:00-4:20 p.m.
Location: Gerberding 100 – Conference Room 156

About the facilitator: Clarissa Surek-Clark is a lecturer in the Linguistics department. Her life and academic career have afforded her the opportunity to teach and learn abroad. A native of Brazil with Polish roots, Clarissa was a Rotary Exchange student to Oregon in 1986, and later was granted two Fulbright fellowships to South. In the role of faculty, she has lead two UW programs in Linguistics to South Africa, and in 2014 she co-led a joint Sociology/Linguistics Program focusing on Demography and Health in South Africa.

More Information

Learn more about our approach past topics by visiting our Learning Communities FAQ page, or contact Christine Sugatan, Program Manager, at