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Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice are...

...groups of educators who work together to develop and implement a teaching and learning project over the course of two to three semesters. 

Fall 2014 Communities of Practice

Successful Teaching Practices

Successful Teaching Practices is our signature group program that occurs every semester.  This semester the six 1- hour sessions will focus on enhancing your use of group work.  Attend as many sessions as you like; if you would like to make it a community of practice see Cindy or Angie to discuss your project.

Successful Teaching Practices 2014 Schedule


Week of




How do I help students buy-in to group work? Motivating and equipping students with group work skills.


Sept. 29
-Oct. 3

What can I do about the group slackers? Individual accountability and group grading.



No one will raise their hand! Using partners and groups to encourage class discussions.



I don't have time to cover content and do group work! Incorporating short group work activities into your lesson.



What will motivate students to work on a project all semester? Strategies to keep students motivated through semester long team projects.



Can group work really succeed in the online environment! Several examples will be shared.

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please contact CETL indicating your interest in the Successful Teaching Practices series.  Priority will be given to those who register by September 10.  If you are unable to attend any of these times, please let CETL know and we will make arrangements.

GE to LE: Implementation

GE to LE: Implementation is a group program offered this fall to help faculty with Liberal Education specific to the course you are working on.  We have approved rubrics for all 11 outcomes as of August 27, 2014.  Thank you to ULEC, and all of the faculty who has participated in this process.  We need to get moving now.  This semester the six 1-hour sessions will focus on specific questions about Liberal Education.  The hope is to help you get answers and get your course ready for liberal education.  Attend as many sessions as you like; if you would like to make it a community of practice see Cindy or Angie to discuss your project.

GE to LE Fall 2014 Schedule





Wed Sept. 17; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Sept. 18; 9:30-10:20

How does my GE course fit into LE?


Wed Sept. 24; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Sept. 25; 9:30-10:20

How is the rubric used in my course?


Wed Oct. 1; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Oct. 2; 9:30-10:20

What resources are available for LE support?

Wed Oct. 8


Thurs Oct. 9

No Meetings This Week


Wed Oct. 15; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Oct. 16; 9:30-10:20

I'm thinking about Integrative Learning, could it work for my course?


Wed Oct. 22; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Oct. 23; 9:30-10:20

My course is going to meet 2 outcomes. How do I do it?


Wed Oct. 29; 1:00-1:50


Thurs Oct. 30; 9:30-10:20

I tried teaching a course for LE, and now I think I need to revise. What should I do?

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please reply indicating your interest in the GE to LE series and which days work for you by September 10th.  If you are unable to attend any of these times, please let CETL know and we will make arrangements.

Introduction to Digital Content

As education continues to change, the need for offering content outside of class is growing. Students' learning experiences will be enhanced with digital content that they can view over and over, whether the class is face-to-face, hybrid, or online. This CETL/LTS group will expose instructors to some options for creating short, engaging, and reusable content pieces.

This learning group will meet four times throughout the semester to demo and discuss various user-friendly options to make and share reusable digital content (agenda below). Also included is a one on one training session on the technologies of your choice and a group sharing session to discuss your work throughout the semester. Throughout the group meetings, we will discuss how these technologies can be used in teaching hybrid or flipped classes, but implementing these techniques is not required.

  • Discussion of hybrid and flipped teaching, best practices for creating digital content, storage options, Snipping Tool, Thinglink
  • PowerPoint with audio and PowerPoint design tips
  • Screencasting & YouTube: Screencast-o-matic, Camtasia, iPad apps, YouTube Record Webcam, EmbedPlus
  • Handwriting digitization & video annotation: Livescribe pen, iPad apps, Wacom Bamboo, Tablet PCs

Participants who create at least two digital content pieces using two different technologies and share them with the group in the sharing session and via D2L will receive $300 CETL dollarsApril Pierson from LTS will demonstrate the technologies and provide individual hands-on training. 

If you are interested in joining this group, please reply indicating your interest in the Introduction to Digital Content group and which days work for you by September 10th.   

Active Learning

Share, listen, and discuss with your colleagues who are also teaching in active learning classrooms this fall.  The group meetings are likely to include discussion of some of the most popular topics related to active learning – group work, example active learning activities, and use of technology in the classroom – but the focus of the meetings will evolve based on the interests and needs of the participants this fall.  Please consider joining us for one or more of the meetings! 

Campus Active Learning group: Every other Wednesday, beginning 10/1, at 3pm in HHH 407

  • Session dates: 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, and 12/3 (due to Thanksgiving break)
Centennial Active Learning group: Every other Thursday, beginning on 10/2, at 2pm in CEN 2917

  • Session dates: 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, and 12/4 (due to Thanksgiving Break)

Interested in a COP?

If you are interested in turning this Active Learning group into a Community of Practice (COP), you will need to: (1) attend at least three sessions, and (2) implement an active learning-focused teaching and learning project.Current ideas for project structures include:

  • Active learning activity plus coordinating assessment to gauge impact on student learning (and possibly an eval to collect student feedback)
  • Comparing a lesson that now includes an active learning component with its "non-active learning" version from a prior semester, including a discussion of the transformation
  • Examples of active learning activities – details about both planning and implementation – from your classroom that align with higher-order thinking and learning (e.g., critical thinking, analysis, application)

The ideas for project structure may evolve over time, and we are interested in hearing additional project ideas.CETL$ will be offered for completing the COP.Contact Laura Middlesworth or CETL if you are interested in this COP opportunity.

Learn more about Active Learning here!

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