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.
Read about current and former UWB learning communities here.
Proposing a learning community
If you have a teaching and learning topic that interests you, chances are there are other people interested also! Learning community (LC) topics can be broad or narrows depending on the group and goal. To propose a topic and/or service as a lead facilitator, please complete the online proposal form available on the TLC website or on the LC website.
You can also review examples of LCs on the website. When selecting a topic consider the following:
- How does this topic relate to your own persona and/or professional growth?
- How will this topic contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning?
- Would this topic appeal to colleagues across disciplines?
- How well does your topic align with the mission of the TLC?
The TLC issues an open call for LC topics in late Spring that extends through summer quarter. Topics are announced at the campus Fall Faculty and Staff Retreat, on the TLC website, and through email (NBall). Interested faculty and staff have two weeks to sign up for one. An LC must have at least 5 participants (including facilitator/s) to "make."
Please note: For 2018-2019, the Call for Proposals has ended. Proposals are no longer being accepted. Stay tuned for announcement on sign up period, Sept. 17th- Oct. 4th.
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 in October.
- 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, 2019.
Q&A: common questions about UWB learning communities
What is the process for obtaining my professional development funds?
Click here to download TLC 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 a TLC LC blog throughout the year and/or to deliver a 5 minute "flash" talk at the TLC Spring Celebration on June 2019 (more details to come). View photos from the 2018 TLC spring Celebration here.