Learning Communities: Offerings and Details

Registration Period: March 4 – April 7, 2014*


Quick Links: Program Details

Limited seating is available for each Learning Community. Registration will close for a LC if it reaches capacity. If you are interested in an LC that is no longer accepting registration, you may be added to the waiting list. Please contact ctllc@uw.edu with the topic and request.

  • For more information contact Christine Sugatan at 206-543-6588 or email ctllc@uw.edu.

Spring 2014: Complete list of offerings


Active Learning Classrooms |
Odegaard Library is an interactive, interdisciplinary space for research and scholarship where technology and information come together. Odegaard features two state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms (ALC), providing educators with a unique opportunity to explore how space and technology can promote student learning. The ALCs were designed to support case-based learning, guided inquiry, peer learning and just-in-time learning, all of which are increasingly the basis for how classes are taught. ALCs also promote student-centered pedagogy and encourage students to build on prior understanding to solve problems, critically evaluate solutions and create new knowledge.

Discussion topics will be participant-driven and may include: incorporating active-learning into syllabus and assignment design, pedagogy, peer learning and group work, effective use of technology in teaching, information literacy and critical thinking, and more. The Learning Community format will include discussion, multimedia presentations, workshopping new ideas, and guest discussants with expertise in active learning classrooms. More info about ALCs can be found at: http://www.lib.washington.edu/ougl/learning-spaces/active-learning-classrooms

Participation is open especially to instructors teaching in the ALCs during the 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 academic years. Faculty and instructors who are interested in teaching in the ALCs in the future are welcome from any discipline or department.

Meeting times:
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Meeting dates:
Mondays – April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, June 2 (no meeting on May 26)
Location:
Odegaard, Rm. 220

Facilitators:


Designing and Assessing Creative Assignments |
Non-textual forms of expression such as video, photo, and audio are becoming popular means for students to intertwine creative expression and scholarship. While exciting, this also presents a challenge for instructors who are new to either the tools or the pedagogy behind creative assignments. In this LC, we will look at approaches to designing creative assignments that reflect critical thinking, tools for media-based assignments, and methods for assessing such assignments.

Meeting times:
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting dates:
Wednesdays – April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
Location:
Gerberding Hall, Ste. 100 – Conf. Rm. 156

Facilitators:


Supporting Student Success: Building a Professional Staff Learning Community|
The Leading Change in Public Higher Education Report series from the UW Provost’s office reminds us that “it takes a whole campus to support student success” (January 2014). This Learning Community brings together professional staff to share knowledge, discuss common challenges, and build community in the interest of promoting student success and advancing our varied endeavors in this space. Together we may discuss central challenges facing higher education, exchange information on innovative projects underway in respective units, identify collaboration and community-building opportunities going forward, and other subjects or practices identified by the group. This LC is open to UW professional staff.

Meeting times:
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Meeting dates:
Thursdays – April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
Location:
Gerberding Hall, Ste. 100 – Conf. Rm. 156

Facilitator:


Take ACTion: Practicing Critical Pedagogies |
This Learning Community is designed to provide opportunities for instructors from various disciplines to explore pedagogies that are attentive to how power operates in the classroom. How do students’ and instructors’ different social identities and learning preferences impact classroom dynamics? How can we harness our differences and commonalities to create a more inclusive, “critical classroom?”

The goal of this LC is to collaborate on ways to actively engage in and rehearse critical, inclusive pedagogies. We will focus on “acting” out our ideas and developing viable future practices, culling from our group’s diverse experience across disciplines. Topics could include: power dynamics and imbalances in the classroom, intervening/responding to problematic situations, encouraging group work across difference, addressing micro-aggressions, and engaging “diversity” (in all its forms) in a class that’s not about “diversity.” Participants will determine the focus of six seminar-style meetings, with rotating responsibilities for facilitating discussion. This LC is inspired by the UW’s upcoming implementation of the Diversity Requirement in Autumn 2014.

Meeting times:
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Meeting dates:
Fridays – April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16
Location:
Gerberding Hall, Ste. 100 – Conf. Rm. 156

Facilitators:

 


Eligibility

Learning Communities are open to all faculty, graduate students, and staff educators unless a Learning Community specifically implies a certain demographic (example: Graduate Students Only).


Dates and How to Register

To register for a Learning Community or Communities, you must complete the online registration form.

Once your registration has been submitted, you will receive an additional confirmation email. If a Learning Community is full, we will add you to a waiting list, contacting you once space becomes available.

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