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Learning Communities

A learning community is an intentionally formed group that seeks to support and advance the learning of each of its members on a selected topic or topics (Lening et al., 2013, p. 7). 

In an attempt to facilitate and support the advancement of teaching at WVU, the Teaching and Learning Commons, in conjunction with TLC Faculty Associates, coordinates several learning communities.

You will be provided the opportunity to collaboratively develop creative solutions to instructional challenges, share and learn effective instructional strategies with colleagues, and participate in a community of colleagues with similar interests.

Reference
Lening, O. T., Hill, D. M., Saunders, K. P., Solan, A., & Stokes, A.. (2013.) Powerful learning outcomes: A guide to developing student, faculty, and professional learning communities to improve student success and organizational effectiveness. Stylus: Sterling, VA.

Learning Community Features
Effective Teaching Based on the ACUE Framework

Contact: John Oughton
John.Oughton@mail.wvu.edu

Dates: Spring 2023 Courses (January 23-March 5 or 12 depending on the course)
Target Audience: All instructors including full-time, part-time, and graduate teaching assistants at any of the WVU campuses (Morgantown, Beckley, Keyser, and Charleston). 
  • In addition to monthly meetings, 2-3 hours per week will be required to complete the online modules that are part of the ACUE framework.
  • Participants who complete 4 micro-credential courses including reflections, will receive a certificate from the American Council on Education
  • Topics and strategies are controlled by the ACUE Effective Practice Framework
  • Humanities

    Contact: Alyssa Beall
    Alyssa.Beall@mail.wvu.edu

    Dates: 2022-2023 Academic Year
    Target Audience: Faculty members in Humanities disciplines
  • Meets monthly for 1 hour throughout the academic year
  • Topics and strategies are flexible and will be driven by the needs of the faculty
  • Share Ideas and Resources on our Blog
  • STEM

    Contact: Jennifer Stueckle
    Jennifer.Stueckle@mail.wvu.edu

    Dates: 2022-2023 Academic Year
    Target Audience: Faculty members in Science (including Health Sciences), Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Meets monthly for 1 hour throughout the academic year
  • Topics and strategies are flexible and will be driven by the needs of the faculty
  • Next meeting: April 8, 2022 12-1 p.m. (ET)
    Topics: Curriculum changes and/or student engagement techniques you hope to develop this summer and implement in the fall 2022 semester.

    For any questions or to register and receive the Zoom link, please contact Erin Goodykoontz.
  • Teaching

    Contact: Jeremy Roberts
    Jeremy.Roberts@mail.wvu.edu

    Dates: 2022-2023 Academic Year
    Target Audience: All instructors (full- and part-time and graduate teaching assistants) of all teaching subjects and disciplines
  • Meets monthly for 1 hour throughout the academic year
  • This learning community will focus on the unique challenges related to teaching and explore ways to optimize learning for all students.  Topics for the meetings are flexible and will be driven by the needs of the members.
  • Monday, May 2 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Our last session will focus on a “how to” approach for personal branding for academics. This will include ideas and tips for creating a teaching portfolio and writing a teaching statement. Additional resources and professional development opportunities to be included as part of our annual teaching files and documenting evidence of overall teaching effectiveness will also be explored.