Enhance Your Teaching Through Teaching & Learning Circles and Communities

This spring, CELT has 2 teaching and learning circles and 5 teaching and learning communities for faculty, instructors, and staff to hear new teaching strategies, meet new colleagues, and build a community of practice. Teaching & Learning Circles are groups of 6-15 people who meet once weekly (or bi-weekly) for 4-6 times to discuss topics of common interest and/or books. Teaching and Learning Communities are multidisciplinary monthly or bi-weekly meetings to engage in a topic related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Registration is required via Learn@ISU website.

Teaching and Learning Circles

Team-Based Learning*

(meets 5 consecutive Wednesdays) Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 (1:10 – 2:30 p.m., 192 Parks Library)
“The research-based flipped classroom and team-based learning (TBL),” an increasingly-popular form of flipped-classroom where small-group learning that can be implemented effectively in small or large classes. TBL provides students with a more intimate, small class feel even in large theater-style classrooms with fixed seats. TBL teachers report high levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking.TBL students report enjoying class and being more motivated and actively engaged. Collaboration in teams provides students with valuable experience that is reflective of problem solving in real-life workplace environments. Just like on the job, participants are expected to be responsible and prepared as individuals and then bring their best efforts into group activities. Facilitator: Holly Bender, CELT Associate Director. Registration is required via Learn@ISU website

Communication in the Classroom

(meets for 5 consecutive Mondays) Feb. 22, 29, Mar. 7, 21, and 28 (12:10 – 1:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
Learning occurs when students understand class content and perceive they are understood by classmates and instructor. Understanding is achieved as a result of interpersonal communication that occurs in the classroom, between students and instructors. The purpose of this learning circle is to examine and practice interpersonal communication competencies that will contribute to understanding in the classroom.  Discipline-specific communication researcher Denise Vrchota, Assistant Professor, English, will share common foundations and unique communication strategies that enhance the interpersonal communication in your classes. Topics covered include field-specific communication, listening competencies for academic and professional success, giving and receiving effective feedback, methods of conflict management, and recognizing essential nonverbal communication. Participants will engage in individual consulting with the leader to apply interpersonal competencies to the classes consistent with their disciplinary traditions.

Teaching and Learning Communities

  • Blackboard – BbLearn users discussing various topics related to the use of Blackboard in teaching and learning
  • Flipped Class – helps instructors to get started with the development of their courses to in the flipped classroom approach.
  • Game-Based Learning – interactive discussions and seminars examine how game based learning may guide our students’ learning processes and enhance your curriculum.
  • Service-Learning – a dynamic, interdisciplinary group as we walk-through the process of integrating service-learning into the curriculum.
  • Team-Based Learning* – Graduates of the TBL Teaching and Learning Circles are invited to participate in the TBL Faculty/Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Learning Community. We work as teams to optimize application exercises, readiness assurance tests, peer evaluation, and other aspects of course design, and also invite speakers to facilitate discussions of TBL theory, research and classroom application.