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What are Learning Communities?

These are self-directed interdisciplinary groups of up to 12 faculty who meet over the course of a year (with a schedule they determine). They learn together from the literature, other universities, experts on these topics, and connect to their personal experience.

Drawing upon the appropriate resources for each community, we hope for the groups to be self-directed and reflective, to consider how to make changes in their own teaching, and through that process capture useful principles and best practices to share with other faculty. Each group will have a small budget to buy books, invite local experts, and share meals. This will be a great opportunity to get to know some of your colleagues well and to share in meaningful conversation.

We invite faculty interested in joining or initiating a learning community focused on teaching to contact for more information.

Current Learning Communities

Antiracist Teaching Faculty Learning Community

In this learning community, faculty members come together to share innovative practices related to antiracist teaching. The group meets once per month for 90 minutes. Participants represent a variety of schools including, the SMFA, Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Friedman School of Nutrition. Each meeting, participants explore new concepts related to antiracist teaching, discuss ways to integrate these practices into their courses, and receive feedback on current challenges. The community will meet through the fall semester, and may continue beyond depending on the needs of the group.

Foreign Language Faculty Learning Community

This learning community meets 1-2 times per month for 75 minutes to build a deeper sense of community. Membership is comprised of faculty who are teaching language courses. The purpose of this group is for faculty to share emerging practices as they transition courses from face-to-face settings to online or dual-modality platforms, and to explore creative adaptations to interactive and conversation-based activities for students who are meeting in person, albeit with masks and at a distance. Meeting agendas are co-created with input from all participants. Each meeting a different instructor shares or "workshops" a new pedagogic approach with the group to get feedback, which helps their colleagues expand their own teaching methods. This learning community will meet until the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

Large Lecture Consortium

The Large Lecture consortium is an interdisciplinary faculty community composed of faculty who teach classes of over 70 students. Members of the consortium share experiences and strategies for enhancing learning for students in their large classes. Some sessions feature host speakers who facilitate discussions on topics of interest to the group.