Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

CETL Learning Communities

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to continue our Learning Communities initiative! Learning Communities bring like-minded educators together for a series of discussions focused on a central topic. They incorporate the social aspect of learning, while providing structure and intentionality to professional development. Participants who attend each session of a Learning Community will receive a letter of recognition that may be included in their annual report. The Learning Communities planned for this spring are shown below.

Spring 2019 Learning Communities

Learning Community #1: New Faculty of SUU

Facilitators: Matt Weeg and Liz Olson (
Dates: (see below)
Times: (see below)
Location: BB 304H


When presented with new teaching strategies, faculty often ask two questions: “What is the evidence this technique works?”, and “How can I implement this in my classroom?”. Both questions are answered in the book “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching”. All new faculty are invited to join a reading circle to discuss the many ways in which we can incorporate evidence-based practices into our classrooms. Please join us!


  • Session 1, Mondays, 3-4pm (with Liz Olson)
    • Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 18, Apr 1, Apr 15
  • Session 2, Thursdays, 4-5pm (with Matt Weeg)
    • Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18
  • Session 3, Fridays 9-10am (with Matt Weeg)
    • Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 19

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Learning Community #2: Interactive Online Teaching and Learning Strategies

Facilitator: Jen Hunter (
Dates: Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27 (Weds)
Times: 11am - 12pm
Location: BUS 116


The old adage "he who does the work does the learning" applies to online students. They need more than read and regurgitate, or as Horton (2012) says, more than rapwap (read a paper, write a paper). Implementing student-content, student-student, student-instructor interactions in your online course will increase the engagement and knowledge retention of your students. During this Learning Community, we will show you how to increase the quality of online course delivery, because one of the most important elements of a high-quality online course is a well-qualified teacher, not the technology


  • Session 1: Online Development
  • Session 2: Interactive Learning Strategies
  • Session 3: Experiential Education Possibilities
  • Session 4: Course Delivery

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Learning Community #3: Growth Mindset/Habits of Mind

Facilitator: Leilani Nautu (
Dates: Jan 29, Feb 12, & Mar 5 (Tues)
Times: 3pm - 4:30pm
Location: ST 141 (Cedar Breaks)


A learning mindset is a set of intellectual attributes/habits of mind that students need in order to be successful. These include persisting, thinking flexibly, creating/imagining/innovating, taking responsible risks, and remaining open to continuous learning. We can teach in ways that can help our students develop these attributes. Come to this interactive Learning Community to learn strategies to help your students cultivate these important “ways of being”.


  • Session 1: Introduction to Habits of Mind/Connections to Growth Mindset
  • Session 2: Activities that Develop Habits of Mind
  • Session 3: Revising Lessons to Include Habits of Mind Strategies

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Learning Community #4: Gen Z Is Here to Stay: Are You Ready? (Or Is Your Classroom Ready?)

Facilitators: Eric Kirby ( and Amy Thorpe (
Dates: Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13 (Weds)
Times: 10am - 11am
Location: LIB 201A


This Learning Community will provide attendees with a better understanding of the academic and social nuances of Generation Z, the students we will teach over the next 15-20 years. Our goal is to help attendees develop a deeper understanding of Gen Z, to understand how valuable and important faculty are in educating and mentoring Gen Z, and to think about ways faculty can better utilize existing campus programming to help Gen Z succeed here at SUU. Attendees will leave this seminar armed with the knowledge they need to better connect with and impact Generation Z for decades to come.


  • Session 1: Gen Z: Who Are They and What Makes Them Unique?
  • Session 2: They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know
  • Session 3: Bridging the Gap: Implementing a Collaborative Partnership
  • Session 4: Technology and Social Media

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Learning Community #5: University of the Parks

Facilitator: Jackie Grant (
Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20 (Weds)
Times: 3pm - 4pm
Location: Yankee Meadows (Hunter Conference Center)


Have you considered how your strengths and skills relate to the University of the Parks initiative at SUU? Join us for the University of the Parks Learning Community this spring to learn about the initiative, and to help us learn how your classroom practices and scholarly efforts capitalize on our local surroundings and relationships. University of the Parks is a campus-wide initiative that leverages SUU's geographic location, relationships with staff at national parks and federal and state agencies, and emphasis on experiential education. Please join us to learn more or to share your expertise with others.


  • Session 1: What Makes SUU the University of the Parks?
  • Session 2: How Does Experiential Education Integrate with the University of the Parks?
  • Session 3: How Can I Engage with Parks and Public Lands?

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