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Learning Communities

A faculty learning community is a specifically structured learning community of faculty, instructors, and staff in higher education with a curriculum that enhances teaching and learning and includes the goals of building community, engaging in scholarly practice, and developing the scholarship of teaching and learning.  (Cox, 2019)

Learning Communities for Grant Teams

Open to: All primary investigators and team members who are receiving 2022 Teaching & Learning Grants.
Use the button below to indicate your preferences for a fall 2022 learning community.

Note - Additional grant learning communities will be offered in spring 2023.  

READ Learning Community FAQs

Description:

  • Are you working with partners external to UMD? Are you using your network to provide student experiences that include meaningful participation in real or simulated experiences? Whether you are taking students out into the community or collaborating with outside groups to bring real-world challenges into your classroom - this group is for you. Join others doing similar work to share best practices, overcome challenges and advocate for this valuable learning experience. Coordinated by Mary Warneka, TLTC

Dates & Registration Link

  • All grant learning communities have 6 sessions and meet every other week for 12 weeks. This learning community has two sections. Please sign up for the modality you prefer:
    • Online: Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m., (9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11. 12/2)
    • In-Person: Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., (9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30)
  • Click here to sign up

Description:

  • Does your experiential learning project center around in-class experiential learning, such as working with data sets, role plays, simulations, or other active learning techniques? Join fellow grant awardees to learn about, share and discuss effective strategies for creating, delivering, and assessing experiential learning in the classroom. Coordinated by Anjula Batra, TLTC 

Time & Dates:

  • All grant learning communities have 6 sessions and meet every other week for 12 weeks. This learning community has two sections. Please sign up for the modality you prefer:
    • Online: Wednesdays, 11-12:30 p.m., (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23)
    • In-Person: Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m., (9/22, 10/6, 10/19, 11/2, 11/17, 12/1)
  • Click here to sign up

Description:

  • Does your course center around a team project or projects? Join your colleagues to learn about, share, and discuss effective strategies for promoting group cohesion, collaboration, and effective assessments.  Use evidence-based practices to support students to work effectively in teams. Experienced instructors welcome! Coordinated by Ginny Hutcheson, TLTC

Times & Dates:

  • All grant learning communities have 6 sessions and meet every other week for 12 weeks. This learning community has two sections. Please sign up for the modality you prefer:
    • Online: Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m., (9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28)
    • In-Person: Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., (9/21, 10/5, 10/20, 11/3, 11/16, 11/30)
  • Click here to sign up

Description:

  • Join this community to learn skills to effectively facilitate dialogue. You will have the opportunity to participate in dialogue, practice facilitating dialogue, and receive feedback. This community will serve as a space not only to fine-tune your own skills but also to expand the toolkit of strategies you can use with your students. Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC

Time & Dates:

  • All grant learning communities have 6 sessions and meet every other week for 12 weeks. This learning community has two sections. Please sign up for the modality you prefer:
    • Online: Thursdays, 11-12:30 p.m., (9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1)
    • In-Person: Tuesdays, 11-12:30 p.m., (9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29)
  • Click here to sign up

Description:

  • Does your experiential learning project center around in-class experiential learning, but you feel that you would benefit from a learning community with other STEM instructors? Grant awardees are invited to join an existing STEM faculty learning community which will be open to all STEM instructors. The STEM Faculty Learning Community met weekly in Spring 2022 to discuss and share research and methodology for helping diverse learners succeed in Gateway courses, and will have some new and returning members this fall. This will be an opportunity to share and learn about experiential learning techniques, activities, and assessments across several STEM fields. Coordinated by Anjula Batra, TLTC

Time & Dates

  • All grant award participants are only required to attend 6 sessions which will last for 12 weeks:
    • In-Person: Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m., (9/22, 10/6, 10/19, 11/2, 11/17, 12/1)
  • Click here to sign up

Learning Communities & Affinity Groups

Open to: All UMD Instructors

Fall 2022 Learning Communities coming soon!

Foundational knowledge about race and racism, and reflecting on your experiences is an essential part of the journey to becoming anti-racist. We will begin this learning community by focusing on foundational knowledge and introspection. Then, we will focus on teaching strategies. Join us to become an anti-racist educator and create truly inclusive learning experiences for our students. 

Coordinated by Ginny Hutcheson and Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC 

This learning community will meet online on Mondays (2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9) from 12:00-1:30pm.

This learning community is closed. Please reach out to Ginny Hutcheson at ghutches@umd.edu and/or Louisa Nkrumah at lnkrumah@umd.edu with questions about active learning.

Mindfulness in the classroom, or "contemplative pedagogy", involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration and insight. Research confirms that contemplative practices can offset the constant distractions of modern life, including multitasking, multimedia, and technology, and that it also can contribute to enhanced cognitive and academic performance (Chick, 2010). Our goal in this learning community is to learn about the research, theory and application of contemplative pedagogy as it applies to higher education, and to actively cultivate our own contemplative practices and apply these techniques to our own work. Please come to this community ready to participate and share, and potentially take new ideas back into your classroom or life.

Coordinated by Anjula Batra, TLTC

This learning community is tentatively scheduled to meet online on Fridays twice a month (2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29) from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Register for the Contemplative Pedagogy Learning Community.

This learning community will serve as a space where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ+) instructors can build community and learn more about teaching and learning from a queer lens. Throughout the semester, we will discuss the four pieces of effective teaching in the Fearless Teaching Framework (Climate, Content, Practice, and Assessment) and discuss how our work as instructors intersects with our identities as queer people.

Coordinated by Alice Donlan and Ginny Hutcheson, TLTC

This learning community will meet online on Fridays (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15) from 10:00-11:00am.

This learning community is closed. Please reach out to Ginny Hutcheson at ghutches@umd.edu and/or Alice Donlan at adonlan@umd.edu to express interest in a future version of this learning community.

The Women of Color Learning Community is a space for women of color to build a supportive community, discuss teaching and learning at the University of Maryland, address challenges faced in their roles, and explore strategies to overcome them. 

Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC

This learning community will meet online on Fridays (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6) from 2:00-3:30pm.

Register for the Women of Color Learning Community.

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