Fall 2021 Faculty Learning Community Registration

 

Fall 2021 Faculty Learning Community Registration is Now Open!

We invite you to join us this semester to explore the role that emotion plays in our teaching and in our classrooms. In a time when many of us are coming back to the classroom for the first time since the start of the pandemic, there’s no better time for us to acknowledge the role that emotions play in our thinking and learning. To guide our conversations, we’ll be using Sarah Rose Cavanagh’s excellent 2016 book, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion (available for free as an ebook via the UArizona library). For a short written summary and a video, see this West Virginia Press site.

“Here is the short version: I am going to argue that if you want to grab the attention of your students, mobilize their efforts, prolong their persistence, permanently change how they see the world, and maximize the chances that they will retain the material you’re teaching them over the long term, then there is no better approach than to target their emotions.” -Sarah Rose Cavanagh, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

This text will inspire us to think creatively about how to capture our students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, enhance their motivation, and consider the emotional impact of our teaching styles and course design.

For those who are interested in other topics, our facilitators are also offering topics like flipped learning, communicating with students, education and well-being, creativity and Adobe Cloud, and more! See the schedule below to learn more.

 

Learning communities start the week of September 20th and will meet every other week for 5 sessions. We meet for one hour per meeting. Please note: Some sessions are in-person, some are on Zoom, and some are "mixed," which means you can attend either in-person or via Zoom. Make sure to select a session with the modality you prefer! Your facilitators will contact you with specific information after registration closes.

Sign up here!

To ensure your spot, please sign up before September 17th. Although we will try to accommodate everyone’s first choice, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

FAQs

Our learning communities are open to anyone who is interested in teaching and learning in the UArizona community! We encourage all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students to participate.

You can sign up here using your UArizona credentials. Once you register, you are registered for the entire semester.

Participants can register for more than one group; however, sessions are capped at 10 in order to facilitate intimate, meaningful conversation. To register for more than one session, you will need to fill out the registration form twice.

Yes! Active participation is expected from all community members, so please plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities at each session.

Yes! Participants who attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions will receive a certificate to demonstrate their continuing professional development in Edge Learning.

All of the above! To accommodate the needs and comfort levels of everyone, we offer a variety of modalities from which you can choose (in-person, online, and mixed). However, because they are discussion-based, we do not offer asynchronous learning communities at this time.

Please contact Lisa Elfring (elfring@arizona.edu) and Kristin Winet (kwinet@arizona.edu) to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

Registration Information

 

Days and Times Modality Topics & Facilitators
Mondays
11:00-Noon
Zoom The Spark of Learning
Arin Haverland & Elaine Marchello
Mondays
 
Zoom Working with an Instructional Team
Karie Lattimore & Patricia Moreira
Mondays
2:00-3:00 PM
Mixed Teaching Narratives: COVID-19 & Beyond
Byron Hempel
Mondays
4:30-5:30 PM
Zoom Geeky Pedagogy for Early Career Teachers
Colleen Kelley & Steven Petritis
Wednesdays
2:00-3:00 PM
Zoom Creativity with Adobe Cloud
Chris Johnson, Brian Puente, & Reese Davis
Tuesdays
10:00-11:00 AM
Zoom Communicating with Students
Lisa Elfring & Georgia Davis
Wednesdays
9:00-10:00 AM
Zoom Flipped Learning
Darrin Knapp & Timothy Ottusch
Wednesdays
10:00-11:00 AM
Zoom The Spark of Learning
Sarah Lavelle
Thursdays
10:00-11:00 AM
Mixed Education, Well-Being, & Self-Actualization
Stacey Cochran
Thursdays
11:00-Noon
Zoom The Spark of Learning
Kristin Winet & Ryan Winet
Thursdays
2:00-3:00 PM
Zoom The Spark of Learning
Dana Narter & Tierra Stimson
Thursdays
3:00-4:00 PM
In-Person The Spark of Learning
Liza Rezende & Kate Bunton
Fridays
10:00-11:00 AM
Zoom The Spark of Learning
Paul Blowers