Spring 2021 Faculty Learning Community Registration

Registration for Spring 2021 has begun! 

The theme for this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer.  This is a user-friendly guide to implementing changes to your teaching that empower students to take responsibility for their learning. We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! 

 “I believe that teachers make too many of the decisions about learning for students. Teachers decide what students should learn, how they learn it, the pace at which they learn, the conditions under which they learn and then teachers determine whether students have learned. Students aren’t in a position to decide what content should be included in the course or which textbook is best, but when teachers make all the decisions, the motivation to learn decreases and learners become dependent. Learner-centered teachers search out ethically responsible ways to share power with students." - Maryellen Weimer, from Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice

Faculty learning communities begin the week of February 1st and run through March 29th. We  one hour per meeting:

Meeting 1: Week of February 1st-5th

Meeting 2: Week of February 15th-19th

Meeting 3: Week of March 1st-5th

Meeting 4: Week of March 15th-19th

Meeting 5: Week of March 29th-April 2nd

  • You may register for more than one group, however, group numbers are capped in order to ensure that participants can receive individual attention and develop meaningful connections with each other and the facilitators. Please only register for the group(s) that you can make a commitment to attend. 
  • You only need to register once, and you are registered for the entire semester. 
  • All participants who actively participate in a faculty learning community receive recognition in UAccess Learning of their professional development contributions. 
  • All faculty learning communities will be offered live-online via Zoom. 
  • If you need accommodations in order to participate, please let me, Sarah, know. 

Contact Sarah Grace (sgrace@email.arizona.edu) with any questions. 

Note: These communities are open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. 

Registration Information: Faculty learning communities begin the week of February 1st and run through March 29th. We will meet 5 times (generally every other week) for approximately one hour per meeting.

 

Days and Times Facilitators & Themes 
Tuesdays, 11-noon Facilitators: Sarah Grace & Kristin Winet 

This FLC will give participants the chance to learn more about teaching as research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. We’ll support each other as we explore how to envision, create, and implement research on our own teaching & experiences. We’ll plan to use the workbook Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (available online from the UA Library). 

Register here for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning FLC.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Facilitators: Byron Hempel & Rivka Fidel 

This FLC will focus broadly on teaching during challenging circumstances. We will create a space to discuss teaching strategies that we can use to adapt courses, move them online (or to hybrid format) for the long term. This community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. 

Register here for a General Focus on Teaching FLC.

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm

Facilitators: Sarah Grace & Angela Kazkowka

This FLC will provide participants with ideas and strategies to effectively teach first-gen & first-year students. We’ll be using the book 33 Simple Strategies for Faculty : A Week-By-Week Resource for Teaching First-Year and First-Generation Students (available online from the UA Library). 

Register here for the First-Gen/First-Year student focus FLC.

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm 

Facilitators: Kate Bunton & Kathleen Kennedy

The theme for the FLCs this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! This  community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer (available online from the UA Library). 

Register here for the Learner-Centered Teaching FLC.

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am 

Facilitators: Jessie Brown & Tim Ottusch

The theme for the FLCs this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! This  community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer (available online from the UA Library). 

Register here for the Learner-Centered Teaching FLC.

 

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm 

Facilitators: Kristin Winet & Sarah Grace

Interested in learning about how to become an effective educator? Overwhelmed at where to start? In this FLC, we’ll focus on learning how to teach the content we love so much. This FLC is for anyone who wants to explore teaching in higher education but doesn’t have a lot of (or any) experience. We’ll use the book Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals,Introverts, & Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers (available online from UA Library). (Note: CIRTL members are encouraged to participate in this FLC.) 

Register here for the Geeky Pedagogy Learning Community -- little to no teaching experience needed! 

 

Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am 

Facilitators: Kristin Winet & Aimee Mapes

Have you ever wondered how you can help students improve their writing? In this FLC, we will share best practices for teaching and assessing our students’ writing and reimagine the role writing can play in our classrooms. We will discuss how to introduce students to the kinds of writing in your discipline, develop tips for giving feedback, and create an assessment plan that makes your grading life a lot easier.

Register here for the Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum FLC.

 
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am 

Facilitators: Dana Narter & Tierra Stimson 

The theme for the FLCs this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! This  community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer (available online from the UA Library). *Dana and Tierra have experience teaching large enrollment classes and are open to discussing that as well. 

Register here for the Learner-Centered Teaching FLC.

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm 

Facilitators: Lisa Rezende & Arin Haverland

The theme for the FLCs this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! This  community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer (available online from the UA Library). 

Register here for the Learner-Centered Teaching FLC.

 
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

Facilitators: Sarah Lavelle & Paul Blowers

The theme for the FLCs this semester is focused on "learner-centered teaching." We'll talk about what learner-centered teaching is and how to implement learner-centered strategies in our teaching to motivate and inspire students (and ourselves)! This  community is open to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning. However, active participation is expected from all community members so plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities to the community you join. We will be using the book Learner-Centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer (available online from the UA Library).  *Sarah and Paul have experience with teaching large enrollment classes and are open to discussing that as well. 

Register here for the Learner-Centered Teaching FLC.