Summer Learning Communities

The Center for Teaching Innovation will be coordinating the following Summer Learning Communities for SUU faculty, staff, and students. The initial kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 pm in the Starlight Room. The initial kickoff meeting will also be streamed via Zoom for those interested but unable to attend in-person.

Summer Learning Communities Interest Form

**Books will be provided to participants.**

Inclusive Mindset book

Justin Jones-Fosu takes readers on a journey at looking at diversity and inclusion with a growth-mindset perspective. In his book, The Inclusive Mindset, readers will learn to tackle difficult concepts and conversations. Participants in the learning community will not only be able to define and develop an inclusive mindset, but will discuss how they, and the SUU community, can implement a more inclusive mindset.

Here are a few strategies that are discussed in the book:

  • How to approach diversity and inclusion from a growth-minded perspective by understanding the difference between the Inclusive Mindset and the Exclusion Mindset.
  • How to enlarge our Circles of Grace™: Why we see people and events the way we do and what to do about it.
  • How to respectfully disagree with others (even when we don't feel like it).
  • How to listen deeply to others with courageous curiosity using the Power of 3 Method
  • How to use the 3x5 Beginner Allyship™ model to start learning about others and standing up for them strategically.
UDL Blended Learning book

The principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help educators reach every student regardless of the learning environment. As part of this learning community, participants will utilizeUniversal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to explore the key components of UDL and blended learning theories. The will collaborate with other SUU faculty to discuss:

  • Defining and ensuring equity and access
  • Different approaches than a "one-size-fits-all" approach
  • Creating assessments for and with learners

Flipped Learning BookFlipping a traditional classroom to take advantage of technology sounds like a great idea. However, it can take time, thought, and the willingness to make mistakes to do it effectively. In this learning community, participants will get to collaborate with other SUU faculty to discuss the ideas and techniques discussed in the book. They will have access to The Center for Teaching Innovation’s Teaching & Learning team to plan out and implement strategies within classrooms and Canvas shells. Through theory and case studies in Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education, participants will discuss:

  • Defining the differences between flipped classrooms and hybrid approaches
  • Examples of flipped classrooms/lessons across multiple disciplines
  • Flipped learning design
  • Application of flipped classrooms/lessons in other settings
  • Dealing with common flipped classroom issues

If you have ever thought about flipping your classroom or even just a lesson or two, then this learning community is for you.

Creating Wicked StudentsAs educators, we want our students to change the world, in both big and small ways. However, the problems they face today are “wicked problems.” This learning community utilize the book, Creating Wicked Students to discuss how a course can be designed to not just make sure students know content but can apply that content in “thoughtful, deliberate ways to make the world a better place.” As part of this discussion, participants will consider:

  • Student learning goals
  • Text selection
  • Course structure
  • Day-to-day pedagogies
  • Assignment/project design

While collaborating with other SUU faculty, participants will have examples to draw from and the opportunity to consider how these concepts can be applied to their own classrooms.

For more information about these learning communities, contact The Center for Teaching Innovation at 435-865-8555or at otladmin@suu.edu