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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)

Spring 2024 Learning Communities

Open to all UMD instructors and graduate instructors.

Are you actively experimenting with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based tools like ChatGPT in your teaching? This learning community is designed for instructors across disciplines to connect with each other and discuss what you have been doing and learning so far. If you have already been playing around with incorporating AI-based tools into assignments, class activities, and your own teaching practices and would like to learn from other instructors who are doing similar things in different fields, then we would love to have you in this learning community.

Coordinated by Mona Thompson

This community will meet in person in ESJ 1103 on Thursdays (2/1, 2/15, 2/29, 3/14) from 2:00-3:00pm. If you cannot make an occasional in-person session, there will be an option to call in virtually.

Register here for Artificial Intelligence in Teaching

Questions or accessibility needs? Contact Mona Thompson at

This will be an aysnchronous community of instructors interested in gamification. More info coming soon!

Join colleagues across campus to build community, learn together, and explore and share strategies around being a trauma-informed educator. We will use the book Trauma-Informed Pedagogies: A Guide for Responding to Crisis and Inequality in Higher Education. The TLTC will provide a copy of the book.

Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC 

This community will meet online on Wednesdays (2/14, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, and 5/8) from 10 - 11:30am. Before registering, please ensure you are available for most, if not all, of these meetings.  

Register here for Trauma-Informed Pedagogy.

Questions or accessibility needs? Contact Louisa Nkrumah at

This 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 

Fall 2023 sessions will be scheduled based on the availability of learning community members. 

Register here for Women of Color.

Questions or accessibility needs? Contact Louisa Nkrumah at

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