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Learning Communities


Meeting and getting to know different folks from across the campus has opened my eyes to the experience and knowledge of our faculty here at OCU.  - Dia Campbell-Detrixhe, Nursing

Each year the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning sponsors several Learning Communities. These communities encourage faculty and staff from across the campus to come together and learn from each other. Each community typically focuses on a topic or book that addresses teaching and learning in higher education today. Most communities meet at least once a month and welcome all OCU faculty and staff. 

Including Interfaith in Course Design

Including Interfaith in Course Design

Facilitated By: Sharon Betsworth & Lisa Wolfe

This group will be reading Eboo Patel's new book, Interfaith Leadership, and discussing ways that faculty from across campus can incorporate principles of interfaith learning and interactions into their course. One goal is to increase interfaith awareness and literacy among faculty across disciplines; another is to enhance current courses so that they can be port of the interfaith studies minor.  


Faculty Teaching Academy

Faculty Teaching Academy

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb

The Faculty Teaching Academy is a professional enrichment program offered to full-time and adjunct faculty at OCU. Its purpose is to provide faculty with information, resources, and opportunities focused on enhancing and supporting effective teaching, integrating the arts across the curriculum, and promoting creativity in the classroom. FTA Fellows attend 7 workshops, participate in a Learning Community or Teaching Partnership, and complete a Teaching Portfolio over a 1-2 year period. FTA Fellows receive public recognition at the Faculty Awards Ceremony and receive a teaching and learning grant. Senior FTA Fellows are also eligible to join this Learning Community. 


Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

Facilitated By: Colbi Beam and Amelia Hurt

Why do some students succeed while others fail? Author and researcher, Angela Duckworth's book argues that the secret of achievement is not talent but focused perseverance, which she calls "grit." This tenacity can be developed ad this group will explore ways in which we can help instill this virtue into our OCU students. "Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that - not talent or luck - makes all the difference."


Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness in Education

Facilitated By: Ashley Riddle

In this learning community, the focus will be on Mindfulness in Education. In these relaxing sessions, we will learn what mindfulness is, what the benefits of practicing are, how to practice it, as well as discuss the implications for practicing Mindfulness in Education. Participants can expect to practice meditation, discuss their experiences with mindfulness, and discuss ways in they can introduce mindfulness into their classrooms or work environment. 


New Faculty Support

New Faculty Support

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb, David Steffens & Ashley Riddle

Acclimating to the culture of an institution and learning the "Ins and Outs" of how to accomplish everyday tasks across the campus can be tricky. This LC will meet once a month to connect with others across campus and find answers to those questions that have eluded their grasp. Faculty interaction will be supplemented through a New Faculty Online D2L course shell. 


Online Teaching Academy

Online Teaching Academy

Facilitated By: Amanda Dills

This LC will be a resource/support system for faculty who are assigned to teach online courses in the 2017-2018 academic year, as well as those faculty who are interested in teaching online courses (both synchronous and asynchronous) in future academic years. LC interaction will be both face-to-face and online, and will be tailored to accommodate the schedules and specific needs/interests of the participants. Participants who wish to receive credit for completing the Online Teaching Academy for this academic year will need to complete specific requirements (such as attendance at Technology/Design-related workshops and the annual Course Design Retreat, as well as a formal online course review); these specific requirements will be developed in collaboration with the participating faculty, and participation in the OTA requirements is not necessary to attend face to face meetings. 


#ObserveMe

#ObserveMe

Facilitated By: Paul Gebb

Building a vibrant and innovative teaching and learning environment begins with observing how other practitioners approach teaching. This group will focus on learning more about peer-to-peer observations and how to create a safer culture here at OCU. Participants will visit each other's classes and discuss what they learned from the observation experience in a group setting. 


The Slow Professor

The Slow Professor

Facilitated By: Staci Swim and Liz Diener

When: 4th Wednesday of every month, 12-1pm, KSE 119

This book explores the "slow movement," which focuses on a counter culture to the acceleration of learning. Corporatization has "sped up" higher education, creating stress for both student and professor. Is this what is best? This book argues that a "slow" approach to teaching and learning leads to a more humanistic education instead of the popular consumer model.


Teaching & Learning Podcasting

Teaching & Learning Podcasting

Facilitated By: Adam Ryburn

The landscape of education is changing and podcasting is one of the trendiest ways of sharing the ideas of renegade teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, longtime educators, and others who shape our profession. This group will listen to various podcasts and share their findings over food and camaraderie. 


Past Learning Communities

2016-2017

How Women Decide

The Teaching and Learning Age Divide

New Faculty Support

Faculty Teaching Academy

Online Teaching Academy

Adjunct Faculty Support

Mindfulness in Education

2015-2016

Learning Commons Exploratory Group

Teaching Tips

Crossing Cultures

Undergraduate Research

Faculty Teaching Academy

New Faculty Support

Adjunct Faculty Support