Center For Teaching and Faculty Development


Learning Community Groups

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What is a Learning Community Group?

The primary goal of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is 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 links 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 meet throughout the academic year on a schedule they determine and then report about their work at Faculty Day.


2017-18 Learning Community Groups

Open Educational Resources (OERs) Learning Community Group Part 2: How to Convert to / Deploy OERs in the Classroom

Led by Sharon Clapp

This LCG is focusing on development of a process to make it easy as possible for interested faculty members to convert their courses to being (partially or completely) based on OERs.


Developing Productive Discourse in Teaching Mathematics 

Led by Lindsay Keazer

This LCG asked participants to share which tools they choose to incorporate into their teaching using newly published materials provided. The group created quick snapshot paragraphs of how each participants’ CCSU teaching or work with local K-12 teachers was impacted as a result of using the tools provided in the development materials.


Critical Thinking Learning Community Group

Led by Lisa Frank

This LCG is exploring a 6-step process developed by Steven Pearlman and Davis Carillo at St. Joseph’s University. Participants are reading and discussing the Faculty Edition of the Critical Thinking Initiative workbook and put the methods into practice in their own classrooms.


Reacting to the Past Role-Playing Simulations

Led by Mark Jones and Kate McGrath

This LCG centered on developing a Reacting to the Past (RTTP) community of practice that introduced these highly effective role-playing simulations to CCSU’s pedagogy. The group used the book, Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College written by Mark Carnes for the LCG.



2016-17 Learning Community Groups


 The Climate Change Learning Community Group—Barbara Clark and Kurt Love

This group investigated ways in which to participate and support the 10th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium presented by GESAC-The CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition.


Leveling the Playing Field:  Assessing the Impact of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Tools in our Classrooms—Joan Nicholl-Senft

This Learning Community Group provided faculty with access and training to AudioNoteTaker, software designed to improve student learning at the college level. Outcomes of this project included a study of the impact of AudioNoteTaker.


Culturally Relevant Teaching at the Collegiate Level—Shelly Jones

The LCG read and discussed the current literature on culturally relevant teaching, pilot instructional strategies learned and shared lessons learned.  The goal was to better address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students at the collegiate level.


Exploring Open Educational Resources at CCSU—Sharon Clapp

This OER explored the uses and potential of Open Educational Resources, with the goal of selecting one course to convert all or partially to OER for deployment.