Seeking Excellence in Teaching and Learning: A Community of Practice (CoP)

The intent is to provide faculty regular exposure to a community of teachers engaged in the exploration of evidence-based teaching strategies through shared reading and reflection. If teaching is a learned profession that emphasizes comprehension and reasoning as well as transformation and reflection, then faculty need an opportunity to learn to teach. The Community of Practice (CoP) will encourage best practices; provide an environment of trust and support where experiences, thoughts, ideas, and articles can be exchanged; build an interdisciplinary learning community to motivate and improve skills; update teaching practices; provide resources; and develop reflective practice skills to improve the education of our students. 

The Seeking Excellence in Teaching and Learning Community of Practice will meet twice a month for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters on Fridays afternoons. Meetings will alternate between discussion-style (based on a common read) and a forum to develop a connected culture focused on utilizing reflective skills. The time commitment is 14 meetings to be held for 2 hours each over the course of the academic year. All meetings will be held on main campus. The community is funded by an OFD grant to support common read materials and guest speakers.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of creating a university community where faculty support the development of teaching skills through the sharing of perspectives.
  •  Integrate evidence-based teaching methods through a structured reflective process.
  • Apply updated knowledge regarding best practices to improve teaching skills.
  •  Improve student learning outcomes.

Facilitators:

A dedicated group of interprofessional faculty including Steve Eberth, Lisa Singleterry, Joanne Dewit, Kelley Pattison, Marie Moreno, Paula Andrasi, Brian Gogan, and Sue Caulfield.

Dates and Location:

Friday, September 13, 2019
•    Friday, September 27, 2019
•    Friday, October 11, 2019
•    Friday, October 25, 2019
•    Friday, November 8, 2019
•    Friday, November 22, 2019
•    Friday, December 6, 2019
•    Friday, January 10, 2020
•    Friday, January 24, 2020
•    Friday, February 14, 2020
•    Friday, March 13, 2020
•    Friday, March 27, 2020
•    Friday, April 10, 2020
•    Friday, April 24, 2020
•    Two special events will be provided with dates and time to be determined based on the guest speaker’s schedule.

Meeting times are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 with snacks provided.

Where: Clock tower, UCC 3000

Sign-up Instructions:

For planning purposes, we ask participants to attend as many sessions as possible. We seek those who are committed to participation in the community of practice, but if you can’t attend all sessions, we encourage you to drop into any session, any day, in an attempt to grow with this community of practice. To sign up, please email steven.eberth@wmich.edu. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Faculty Development at (269) 387-0732 or one of the facilitators listed above.