What is a Teaching Circle?A Teaching Circle is a group of 4-5 cross-disciplinary faculty who wish to engage in a yearlong program of collaborative discussion, scholarship, and implementation of teaching and learning ideas. The program was piloted during the 2016-17 academic year with 4 groups, and there was lots of interest in continuing the program. This program is being supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
How does it work?During the fall semester, faculty will sign up for a scholarship of teaching and learning subject. They will conduct a literature review of the subject, discuss the subject, and propose one change in their individual courses for the spring semester based on their readings/discussions. These groups are for exploring a new idea that interests you, not for someone who is already an expert.
During the spring semester, faculty will implement their change and discuss problems and solutions with their circle members. At the end of the semester faculty will, evaluate the change, and share their results with the campus community. One change from the pilot year is that faculty will be given a report form to fill out at the end of the year.
What is the commitment? If you join a Teaching Circle, you are committing to attending a monthly meeting with your group (at a mutually agreed upon time) in which you will engage in the activities described above (literature review, discussions, implementation of changes). It is important that members commit to working for the entire academic year, so that groups are kept at a workable size.
There will also be one or two meetings of all the teaching circles groups during the year. These dates will be determined later.
What are the benefits to me?1) You get to know faculty from other disciplines (this was the most important benefit cited by those who participated last year!)2) You learn about a new aspect of teaching and get to see the benefit to your students3) You get food provided to make your meetings more relaxed and enjoyable.
Some topic ideas to get you thinking, include: Flipping the Classroom, Incorporating Service Learning, Using Social Media to Enhance Learning, Making courses more LGTBQ friendly, Creative Multiple Choice Questions, Collaborative Learning, etc.
Yes! I’m interested! Then fill out the form below (no commitment required at this time)! Questions? Please contact Ruth Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)