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Teaching and Learning Communities of Practice

CATL coordinates Communities of Practice for faculty and staff to increase their understanding of a particular pedagogical concept or theme through regular meetings held throughout the year. The communities provide a safe space to explore topics, find moral support, exchange ideas and information, and share and implement instructional techniques (Polich, 2008). Through regular meetings, community members are able to explore topics in greater depth than typical workshops, while receiving support and input from the community in course application. The community can include many bridges linking participants to deep learning, early-career members to experienced members, isolated teachers to new colleagues, departments to departments, and faculty to students and staff (Cox, 2004).

Cox, M., & Richlin, Laurie. (2004). Introduction to faculty learning communities. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2004(97), 5-23.

Polich, S. (2008). 7: Assessment of a Faculty Learning Community Program: Do Faculty Members Really Change? To Improve the Academy, 26(1), 106-118.

Call: “Mitigating Equity Gaps” 2020-21 Community of Practice
Are you someone who is always searching for new ways to promote equity in your courses? Structural inequities in higher education may leave you struggling to find ways to promote change. This year-long community of practice will connect us with our colleagues so we can collectively research strategies to enhance student learning and retention in our introductory or gateway courses.
Aug 25, 2020, 12:08 PM
Call: “Intellectual Road Trip” Community of Practice
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) invite you to join on a week-long intellectual journey that focuses on trying to understand what COVID-19 has meant and will mean for our community at UWGB. We also seek ways to move forward individually and collectively to create the institution we need, while also questioning who is included in the “we.” CCE and CATL invite members of the UWGB community who wish to explore these questions with us so that we can get a sense of where we’ve just been and how we might orient our campus community towards a just future.
Apr 23, 2020, 03:00 PM
Call: “Promoting Equity Minded Institutional Change” 2019-20 Community of Practice
Though it feels isolating, if you have ever felt disempowered when helping students navigate systemic problems (e.g., poverty, discrimination) that impede their learning, you are not alone. Next year’s Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (CoP) will provide support and a sense of collective empowerment for those who engage or wish to engage in promoting equity-minded institutional change.
Jun 10, 2019, 06:10 PM
Recognizing “Teaching with Transparency” CoP Participants
CATL recognizes the members of the "Teaching With Transparency" Community of Practice
May 02, 2019, 08:47 AM
Call: “First-Year Experience” 2018-19 Community of Practice
This community of practice will engage instructors and staff in facilitated discussions about how we can best support our first-year students as they transition to college. All participants will receive a copy of Saundra Yancy McGuire’s Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and [...]
Oct 02, 2018, 09:10 AM
Call: “Teaching with Transparency” 2018-19 Community of Practice
Studies show that improving the transparency within your syllabi and course assignments can promote student success within your course. Over the course of eight meetings, this community will explore research that examines the relationship between transparency in teaching, student learning, and persistence to graduation.
May 02, 2018, 03:42 PM