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One of the core principles undergirding our work at CNDLS is the belief that teaching is partly a community effort. While faculty members may enter their (virtual or physical) classrooms alone, our teaching is at its best when we engage with our fellow teachers outside those classrooms. That’s one of the reasons we’ve facilitated Communities of Practice and Faculty Learning Communities in the past, and it’s one of the reasons we’re launching a number of Teaching Circles this semester.
These Teaching Circles will provide the virtual time and space for groups of faculty to come together on a monthly basis for a semester or more, in order to have informal discussions about a pedagogical topic of shared interest. These conversations will be informal and, given the wealth of experience and insight in our community, surely they will also be rich.
To accommodate a range of interests, we’re planning on facilitating several different Circles, each one with its own focus. Topics will include: teaching large courses, teaching languages, ungrading, and hybrid teaching. There will also be two general Teaching Circles for folks who’d like to discuss a wider range of issues, questions, and experiences from their courses; one will be offered during the business day, and one after hours, for people who are unavailable between 9 and 5.
If you’re interested in finding out more, click through to our Teaching Circles page. We’d love to have you join the conversation!