What is a Learning Community?
A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of (5-8) faculty and staff from across the university who come together regularly over the academic year to discuss a teaching and learning topic of interest, and collaborate on a select outcome. LCs can be around a book, a problem, a project, or simply a topic of interest that will generate conversation, reflection, and build community.
How do you start or become part of an LC?
If you have a teaching and learning topic that is of interest to you, chances are there are other people interested also! Ask around, and you may find otheres excited about exploring the topic. Topics can be broad or narrow depending on the group decision. Individuals should complete the online proposal form or e-mail Jody Early at email@example.com.
Are there incentives to participate?
Beyond the benefits of social support and discovery, a Learning Community lead facilitator (1 per LC) will receive $800 in professional development or travel funds. Each LC member (up to 7 per LC) will receive $500 in professional development or travel funds. LC led facilitators will be asked to attend a one-time 90 minute launch/facilitator's meeting in early November.
In addition, each Learning Community will receive up to $300 for supplies such as books, reading, or software. The TLC can help with coordinating a meeting space for your group on the UWB campus or at Beardslee Crossing if you group wishes to meet at UWB.
What is the Final Deliverable?
A Learning Community should have some determined outcome that will benefit the individuals participating and (ideally) the broader campus community. Outcomes can take many forms, depending on the goals of the group. Possible outcomes may include: a wokshop; a white paper or publication; a conference presentation; a website or wiki; a course design or re-design; policy or process recommendations; a campus event; a multi-media resource; etc. The final LC deliverable may also add to an individual's merit and/or T&P portfolio.
All LCs and their participants will be invited to a final showcase event in May (including food) to present a "lightning presentation" about what their LC discussed and accomplished.
Timeline and Procedures
LC proposal forms (1 page) may be submitted online or by way of email at firstname.lastname@example.org now through October 16th by 5:00pm.
A TLC ad-hoc advisory group along with TLC leadership will review the applications, and announce selected LCs for the 2017-18 academic year by October 20th.
Participants may select a Learning Community between October 23rd - 31st. If your proposal is accepted, and there are at least 5 enrollees, Jody Early will contact you to schedule a brief LC leader meeting.
Questions? Contact Jody at email@example.com.
Submit an application by Monday, October 16, 2017 before 5pm