Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning CATL

Teaching and Learning Communities of Practice

CATL coordinates communities of practice (CoPs) 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).

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