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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

Teaching with AI Learning Community

Advance your teaching with AI: Explore how to design engaging assignments and integrate AI into your teaching practices.

The Teaching & Learning with AI Learning Community creates a space for instructors to share, brainstorm and support each other in exploring new practices and navigating questions and challenges that arise. This supportive community is for instructors who are curious about AI, both those who have been playing with AI and those who haven’t tried it yet. Faculty will share experiences from their own courses with structured feedback from the group, and discuss readings on topics of interest. Those in this learning community will also be eligible to apply for a teaching innovation stipend.

This learning community is supported by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis' retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.

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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.

Past Learning Communities

Past Learning Communities Funded by the Davis Foundation Grant

Other Past Learning Communities

*Supported by a grant received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.