Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Interested in getting new ideas about teaching from peers around the institution? Want to try something new, but not sure how to get started or how to decide whether it’s working? Join a CITL Learning Community. The overarching goal of a learning community is for instructors to make informed changes that increase the effectiveness of their teaching with the support of a community of peers. The specificity of those changes will be directed by the participants themselves, with the learning community intended to provide collegiality, guidance, and resources.

Things to know:

  • Each learning community will meet at regular intervals for 60-90 minutes.
  • Each meeting will be loosely structured to accommodate the community-building desired by the participants.
  • Participants are also encouraged to work one-on-one with CITL staff for specific guidance on their individual projects and/or goals.
  • Each learning community is limited to eight participants.
  • Learning communities will meet at times that best fit the scheduling needs of participants.
  • CITL will provide professional development funds to all participants.
  • At the end of the year, participants’ projects and/or reflections will be shared on the CITL website.

Selection criteria:

Only a limited number of participants can be selected to participate in each learning community. Application will be evaluated, in part, on the strength and thoroughness of your answers to the questions on the application form. However, our selection of participants will also be guided by our desire to assemble learning communities with members from a variety of disciplines and colleges.

Retention Teaching Learning Community

Do you want to feel rejuvenated about teaching? Are you ready to embark on an adventure to explore best practices for retention in the classroom? Then this retention-focused learning community might be just what you need! Please join facilitator Valerie Barske, CITL’s first Faculty Fellow, on a journey that features task-based, hands-on approaches to professional development as well as modeling activities, techniques, and assignments directly applicable to the classroom. This group will examine current research, especially in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), to consider how retention may be enhanced by employing specific high-impact practices (HIPs), tailoring instruction to first-year students and “undeclared” majors, as well as enriching the experience of General Education courses across the campus.

As we co-develop scaffolded and assessable interventions on a small scale applicable to our individual courses, this community will also encourage participants to consider new SoTL projects related to retention at UWSP. Community members will address how to share our individual and group results with the campus. Overall, we will foster a group setting that emphasizes collegiality, openness, and energetic nourishment for teachers who are also lifelong learners.

The Retention Teaching Learning Community invites all full-time employees who work in an instructional capacity to apply. Following the format of previous and concurrent learning communities, we will meet for 60 minutes twice a month in Spring and Fall. Participants will receive a $500 professional development stipend upon conclusion.

Inclusive Pedagogy Learning Community

Are you interested in making your course more inclusive to an increasingly diverse student body? Do you desire focused conversations about inclusivity in the classroom? This learning community, which will be facilitated by Lindsay Bernhagen, CITL Director, is open to all full-time employees who work in an instructional capacity. Participants in this learning community will choose one area of focus (teaching methods, assignments, course content, communication/interactions) for enhancing inclusivity in their courses, using relevant scholarship as a guide. With the support of colleagues and CITL, they will monitor and report on their results.

This learning community will meet for 60 minutes approximately two times per month during Spring semester, with remote attendance possible as needed. Participants will receive a $250 professional development stipend upon conclusion.

For information, please contact us at citl@uwsp.edu


Past Participants

Faculty Learning Community

Cortney Chaffin
Becky Gathje
Stephanie Lyon
Melissa Maier
Sarah Scripps

Teaching with Technology Learning Community

Malek Alkasrawi
Karyn Biasca
Nisha Fernando
Jennifer Huffman
Vera Klekovkina
Terri Muraski
Holly Petrillo
Marian Trzebiatowski