Teaching and Learning Communities

Group of students meeting with Professor Joel Geske

Teaching and Learning Communities are made up of individuals (faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants) from across campus who attend monthly or bi-weekly meetings to engage in a specific topic related to teaching and learning. 

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ISU Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC)

Quality Matters Learning Community

ThinkSpace Learning Community

Top Hat Learning Community

Team-Based Learning (TBL) Learning Community


ISU Online Learning Community (ISU-OLC)

Meets on the following Fridays (11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., 0031 Library):

  • October 12, November 16, and December 14

The purpose of the ISU-OLC is to share campus best practices to improve online teaching and learning; see how others are using the University Learning Management System (LMS) to create innovative learning experiences, inform the campus about existing and new web-based instructional technologies, participate in new technology testing and evaluation; as well as, to leverage LMS expertise, experience and training resources across campus. Audience: faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants. Registration is required at least one-day prior for this learning community via Learn@ISU website.

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Quality Matters Learning Community

This community will meet in 2030 Morrill Hall on the following days:

  • Nov. 16 (3-4:30 p.m.),
  • Dec. 13 (3-4:30 p.m.),
  • Jan. 24 (3:30-5 p.m.),
  • Feb. 12 (3-4:30 p.m.),
  • Mar. 8 (3:30-5 p.m.), and
  • Apr. 15 (3:30-5 p.m.)

The Quality Matters Learning Community is designed to help you improve your courses using the Quality Matters Standards. Members will have opportunities to hear about ways to meet the QM standards, as well as discussing best practices, experiences, and solutions to course design problems. The discussions will focus on the practical use of the Quality Matters Standards, but all are welcome to join the conversations, even if they have not previously taken any Quality Matters workshops.

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ThinkSpace Learning Community

  • TBA

We welcome you to join the ThinkSpace Learning Community (TLC) where ISU faculty meet to create exceptional learning opportunities for students. Centering on ThinkSpace, an active learning and problem solving platform with a set of unique, powerful pedagogical tools, the TLC is designed to help you take your students’ learning to higher levels— learning that builds problem solving skills required in the workplace. TLC colleagues exchange new ideas and novel ways of infusing active learning into face-to-face, online, blended learning or flipped classrooms. TLC meetings support veteran ThinkSpace users, new comers, as well as those “just curious.” Members will showcase exemplary ThinkSpace use by faculty across campus and in many disciplines- encouraging discussions on best practices and experiences, facilitating research collaborations and brainstorming solutions to instructional problems. We invite you to join this supportive and vibrant community to help you create exciting learning experiences in your classrooms.


Top Hat Learning Community

TBA

Instructors who participate in the Top Hat Learning Community share best practices of teaching and learning with audience response technology in general, and the Top Hat interactive teaching platform in particular, create innovative and meaningful learning experiences in classrooms and beyond and leverage Top Hat expertise and resources across campus.

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