Learning Community Groups
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.