Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

CETL Learning Communities

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to continue our new 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 at the same time providing structure and intentionality to professional development.

Four Learning Communities will be offered this spring. For more information about each of the Learning Communities, please review their descriptions below.

Spring 2018 Learning Communities

New Faculty of SUU

Build relationships, develop teaching skills, and join SUU's culture of teaching and learning.

This Learning Community is open to all faculty who are new to SUU during the 2017-2018 academic year. During the spring semester, we will meet every other week to discuss the book "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching".

Contact Matt Weeg at facultycenter@suu.edu for more information.

When in Doubt, Go to the Library: Enhancing Teaching and Research Practices

This learning community is intended for faculty and staff seeking to innovate their teaching and streamline their research process in four one-hour sessions. The first session highlights the literature review and is designed to make your library research and information synthesis easier, richer, and more rewarding. Building from the first, the second session introduces and expands your knowledge of Zotero, helping you manage sources and making citation easier and less time-consuming, giving you more time to work with the substance of your research ideas and writing. The third session on research assignments is intended to reinvigorate the way you assess your students’ research and critical thinking abilities. The fourth and final session is on OER and how their use can increase student learning and engagement.

This Learning Community will be facilitated by Anne Diekema (Instruction Librarian), Scott Lanning (Data Management & Assessment Librarian), and Rosie Liljenquist (Open Access and Education Initiatives Librarian). It will meet in LIB 002, 3:00 - 4:00pm, and includes the following sessions (click here for session descriptions):

  • Lit Refresh: Creating Compelling Literature Reviews (January 31 OR February 1)
  • Order from Chaos: Managing Sources and Citations Using Zotero (February 28 OR March 1)
  • Off the Beaten Track: Exploring the Potential of Research Assignments (March 28 OR 29)
  • Open Your Education with OER (April 18 OR 19)

Each session will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday so participants can choose the day that best fits their schedule. While participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions (which will result in a Certificate of Completion), attendance at single sessions is possible. Please RSVP by Monday at noon of the week of each session. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contact Anne Diekema at annediekema@suu.edu for more information.

Online Design, Development, and Delivery

Learn how to apply best practices in course design, development, and delivery to your online courses. Through a series of four sessions, participants will learn about the fundamentals of backward design, formative and summative assessment techniques, meeting the needs of online learners, providing a learner-centered experience, and interacting with students.

The Online Design, Development, and Delivery Learning Community will meet Tuesdays in EVT 221, 3:00 - 4:00pm, and includes the following sessions:

  • Backward Design (February 6)
  • Assessment, Transparency, & Rubrics (February 13)
  • Student-Oriented Focus & Needs of Online Learners (February 20)
  • Belongingness: Presence & Feedback (February 27)

While participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions (which will result in a Certificate of Completion), attendance at single sessions is possible. Please RSVP by Monday at noon of the week of each session.

Contact Jen Hunter at hunter@suu.edu for more information.

Community Engaged Learning: Let's Do It!

Designed for any faculty and staff interested in the pedagogy of Community-Engaged Learning (CEL), this Learning Community will rely on the highly-regarded "Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum" to provide participants with all the tools necessary to incorporate CEL into their courses. Both those who are new to CEL and experienced practitioners are invited to attend.

This Learning Community will be facilitated by Earl Mulderink (Director of the Community Engagement Center and Professor of History). It will meet Wednesdays in the Shooting Star Room of the Hunter Conference Center, 11:30am - 12:45pm, and includes the following sessions:

  • Understanding Community Engaged Learning (January 24)
  • Establishing Course Objectives and Learner Outcomes (February 14)
  • Planning Course Instruction and Service/Engagement Activities (March 7)
  • Critical Reflection (April 4)

While participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions (which will result in a Certificate of Completion), attendance at single sessions is possible. Please RSVP two weeks in advance of each session, lunch will be provided for those who do.

Contact Earl Mulderink at mulderink@suu.edu for more information.