Learning Communities

What is a learning community?

A Learning Community is a small cohort of (5-10) faculty and staff from across the university who come together to co-learn. LCs meet regularly over the academic year to discuss a teaching and learning topic of interest and to contribute to a select outcome. Learning Communities are cross-disciplinary and are a great way to connect and collaborate.

2020-2021 Learning Communities

Thanks to the faculty and staff who signed up for a 2020-2021 Learning Community!

If you have any questions, please email uwbocl@uw.edu. Looking forward to another great year of wonderful collaboration! 


Proposing a learning community

If you have a teaching and learning topic that is of interest to you, chances are there are other people interested as well!  Learning community (LC) topics can be broad or narrow depending on the group and goal. Proposals for repeat LC’s will be considered. To propose a topic and/or serve as a lead facilitator, please complete the online proposal form. 

The Learning Communities 2020-2021 Call for Proposals is closed. If you have any questions about this application process, email uwbocl@uw.edu.

Please read about former UWB learning communities on the LC blog here. When selecting a topic, consider the following:            

  • How does this topic relate to the scholarship of teaching and learning?
  • Does the LC topic engage both staff and faculty?
  • Does the LC promote cross-unit and interdisciplinary collaboration?
  • How does this topic support UW Bothell’s diversity statement?
  • What is the potential impact/long term outcome of the LC?
  • Is this a repeat LC? If so, how will it build on previous efforts and engage new participants?

Topics are announced on the Connected Learning website and through email (NBall). Interested faculty and staff have 1 week to sign up for one. An LC must have at least 5 participants (including facilitator/s) to run.

Establishing personal and group learning goals and objectives

Learning can take many forms. Decide with your team what "IT" is that you hope to learn and/or to achieve before the end of the Spring quarter. Think about what you would like to share with the broader campus community about your learning experience.

Examples of previous LC outcomes

a campus workshop or presentation; a resource kit; a blog; a white paper or publication; a conference presentation; a website or wiki; a course design or re-design; policy or process recommendations; a multi-media resource; or a book review


Beyond the benefits of social support and discovery, all TLC Learning Community participants are eligible to receive funds to apply to personal professional development.

  • Facilitators receive $800 each; co-facilitators receive $650 each.
  • Facilitators are required to attend a one-hour training
  • Participants receive $500 each. 

LC funds can be used for conference travel, professional memberships, honorariums, supplies, etc. Funds cannot be used to hire students, or be received as stipends.

All funds must be claimed and approvals obtained by April 30, 2021.

Learning Communities FAQ

What is the process for obtaining my professional development funds?

Click here to download tips for processing your LC funds.

Can I participate in more than one learning community?

Due to limited funding, and to enhance participation across LCs, individuals are encouraged to limit participation to one LC per academic year. Faculty and staff who sign up for more than one LC will only receive funds for one LC.

What is required of me as a participant or as a facilitator?

See the following set of expectations here.

How can we learn what other LCs are doing? How do we share our group learning with others?

All LC participants will be invited to contribute to the LC blog throughout the year and/or to deliver a 5 minute "flash" talk at the LC Spring Celebration in June 2021 (more details to come).