Sharing Communities

A program for instructors to discuss a topic
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The NTLC's Sharing Communities typically consist of groups of 6-10 instructors who agree to meet three to four times during a semester to investigate a topic, issue or problem related to teaching and learning. The conversations are lively, thought-provoking, and beneficial.

 

2019-2020 Sharing Communities

Table of Knowledge

Jill Klefstad, School of Education, is continuing to offer this Sharing Community and to provide instructional and non-instructional staff a laid-back, safe and comfortable gathering place to dialogue and share issues related to teaching, learning, and professionalism in higher education. Examples include engaging students, mindfulness, building collaboration across campus, and much more.

Replace Learning Technology Services with this title: Canvas Best Practice Discussion:

Learning Technology Services is working with NTLC to offer a Sharing Community designed to support instructors in advancing their understanding of how to more effectively use Canvas tools. The NTLC Sharing Community encourages faculty to go beyond the basics of Canvas by learning from campus faculty in monthly discussions that showcase how they have creatively designed a course in Canvas and what tools they are using to enhance student understanding. Instructors are learning how to use Canvas in unique ways!

2018-2019 Sharing Communities

Table of Knowledge

Jill Klefstad, School of Education, facilitated the bimonthly conversations to provide instructional and non-instructional staff a laid-back, safe and comfortable gathering place to dialogue and share issues related to teaching, learning, and professionalism in higher education. Examples included engaged students, mindfulness, building collaboration across campus, and much more.

Online Teaching Pedagogy

Marya Wilson, Operations and Management, facilitated the Online Teaching Pedagogy Sharing Community for the academic year. The group met once a month via Skype for Business. This was a very casual one-hour conversation about ways to be more effective online teachers. This was an important campus discussion given our LSM conversion. 

2017-2018 Sharing Communities

Table of Knowledge

Jill Klefstad, School of Education, facilitated the bimonthly conversations to provide instructional and non-instructional staff a laid-back, safe and comfortable gathering place to dialogue and share issues related to teaching, learning, and professionalism in higher education. Examples included engaged students, mindfulness, building collaboration across campus, and much more.

Table of Knowledge Flyer

2016-2017 Sharing Communities

Online Pedagogy Conversations in Higher Education

Marya Wilson, Operations and Management, facilitated the Online Teaching Pedagogy Sharing Community for the academic year. The group met once a month via Skype for Business. This was a very casual one-hour conversation about ways to be more effective online teachers. This was an important campus discussion given our LSM conversion.

Table of Knowledge

Jill Klefstad, School of Education, facilitated the bimonthly conversations to provide instructional and non-instructional staff a laid-back, safe and comfortable gathering place to dialogue and share issues related to teaching, learning, and professionalism in higher education. Examples included engaged students, mindfulness, building collaboration across campus, and much more.

Teaching and Learning with Geo-spatial Information Systems and Technologies

Innisfree Mckinnon, Social Sciences, served as the facilitator. Information

2015-2016 Sharing Communities

Online Pedagogy in Higher Education

Marya Wilson, Operations and Management, facilitated the Online Teaching Pedagogy Sharing Community for the academic year. The group met once a month via Skype for Business. This was a very casual one-hour conversation about ways to be more effective online teachers. This was an important campus discussion given our LSM conversion.

2014-2015 Sharing Communities

Online Pedagogy in Higher Education

Marya Wilson, Operations and Management, facilitated the Online Teaching Pedagogy Sharing Community for the academic year. The group met once a month via Skype for Business. This was a very casual one-hour conversation about ways to be more effective online teachers. This was an important campus discussion given our LSM conversion.

2012-2013 Sharing Communities

Exploring Racism, Colonialism and Empire

Virginia Lea, School of Education, facilitated a group dialogue for faculty and instructional staff to generate ideas that were used to develop a new course design to enhance Stout students' critical awareness of impact of racism, colonialism and empire on socioeconomic, political, cultural and educational arrangements worldwide - particularly on the lives of current and historically displaced and exiled young people and their families.

Teaching Strategies: Even More Ways to Engage Students and Assess Learning

Deanna Schultz, School of Education, facilitated the group.

2011-2012 Sharing Communities

Brochure of Sharing Communities

Critical Friends: A Collegial Review of Each Other’s Assignments

This community was inspired by an article that appeared in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, entitled, "Critical Friends." The author, Deborah Bambino, wrote about how she and a group of her colleagues met monthly to examine student work and their own work. Their intentions, through working and supporting each other, was to improve the day-to-day learning of their students and to enhance their teaching excellence. Lorraine Mitchel, English and Philosophy, facilitated discussions with colleagues at UW-Stout with an active exchange of feedback and a supportive culture.

Learning Objectives Based Assessment (LOBA)

Todd Zimmerman, Physics, facilitated group discussions for people interested in finding out more as well as those who had started to implement the shift of focus from having students acquire enough points to get an "A" to getting students to become proficient in learning the course subject matter. A key component of this concept was to allow students to reassess on learning objectives at a later date to give an incentive to learn the material they may not have mastered earlier on.

Teaching Circle

Georgios Loizides, Social Sciences, facilitated a community for faculty members to discuss issues relating to teaching and learning in general. A few topics the group discussed in the past included ways to increase student engagement, successful strategies for the use of laptops in the classroom, and matching teaching schedules to instructor personality.

Exploring Racism, Colonialism and Empire

Virginia Lea, School of Education, facilitated a group dialogue for faculty and instructional staff to generate ideas that were used to develop a new course design to enhance Stout students' critical awareness of impact of racism, colonialism and empire on socioeconomic, political, cultural and educational arrangements worldwide - particularly on the lives of current and historically displaced and exiled young people and their families.

2010-2011 Sharing Communities

Mothers and Academia

In 2010, the Mothers and Academic Sharing Community began. This community allowed mothers who were in academics share their experiences and learn strategies to balance their demanding roles. Participants read articles, watched documentaries, listened to speakers and discussed issues that were impacting their daily lives. Maleka (Polly) Hashmi facilitated the group, which helped members create a nurturing environment that encouraged women across the campus to openly discuss topics they were concerned about. Lopa Basu, English and Philosophy, Glendali Rodriguez, Construction, Glenda Jones, English and Philosophy, and Julie Watts, English and Philosophy, served as co-facilitators.

Teaching Circle

Georgios Loizides, Social Sciences, facilitated a community for faculty members to discuss issues relating to teaching and learning in general.