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For Academic Year 2013-2014

What is a Learning Community Group?

The primary goal of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD): to create opportunities for CCSU faculty to share ideas about teaching techniques, pedagogy and professional development. By sponsoring several Learning Community Groups, each with about 5 to 10 faculty and each centered on a relatively narrow theme or teaching strategy, the Center will link faculty from across departments. Studies show that teachers make the most headway with new strategies when they work together with other faculty in small groups then implement and assess new techniques over one or two terms. The CTFD Learning Community Groups will meet throughout the academic year on a schedule they determine and then report about their work at the Second Annual Faculty Day on April 4, Friday, 2014.


How Do You Join a Learning Community Group?

Contact me directly at collinsmae@ccsu.edu


 * Anyone may start a LCG. The LCGs listed below are just the ones that are already in progress.


Universal Design Learning

Team Leader: Dr. Joan Nicoll-Senft (Special Education)

In learning environments, individual variability is the norm, not the exception. When curricula are designed to meet the needs of an imaginary “average,” they fail to provide all individuals with fair and equal opportunities to learn by excluding learners with different abilities, backgrounds, and motivations. UDL helps address learner variability and encourages flexible designs that have customized options.

 Inquiry-Based Learning

Team Leader: Dr. Rachel Schwell (Math)

Team Members: Cathy Baratta (Social Work), Roger Bilisoly (Math)

This LCG will incorporate some sort of inquiry-based learning component into an existing course on a semi-regular basis. This component could take the form of worksheets, projects, and/or in-class activities. The goal: to get learners accustomed to the idea of answering a question based on translation and interpretation of the question, rather than only “recognition.” To measure this, student assessments will contain at least one question that is open-ended or contains a new concept, requiring the student to make new interpretations on the spot.


Using Camtasia to Support Student Learning and S(t)imulate the Classroom

Team Leader: Dr. Marianne Fallon (Psychology)

Catmasia is a program that allows users to create visually enhanced, editable, narrated presentations (www.technsmith.ocm/camtasia.html). Camtasia possesses a number of features that can support learning, including real-time screen-capture, embedded media, highlighting and callouts (used to direct the audience’s attention to important information), and interactive features such as searches and quizzes. The goals of this LCG are: 1) To investigate how we can apply this tool in multiple contexts and disciplines; 2) to document how incorporating these presentations affects students learning and/or the classroom environment; and 3) to be creative!





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