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Every semester, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors a variety of Teaching Circles where faculty come together to discuss a teaching topic of shared interest. These have proven especially useful for many faculty over the past several years, and we encourage faculty to consider leading or participating in a Teaching Circle this semester. Teaching Circles generally meet on three specific Fridays from noon until 1:00 in Neilson Browsing Room with lunch provided (see below for this semester's dates and locations).

The following are Teaching Circles that are continuing or currently forming for fall 2014 with others to be announced. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please contact the faculty organizer noted below. If you have ideas for other Teaching Circle topics, please contact Floyd Cheung to discuss it further.

Fall 2014 Dates: TBA


Online/Blended Learning
Joseph O'Rourke, Associate Provost

The Online/Blended Learning Teaching Circle will examine the concept of "flipping" or "blending" course content and learning activities. We will discuss a variety of methods for taking first exposure to content outside the classroom, potentially freeing more class time for problem solving, group activities and other active learning.

Design Thinking
Borjana Mikic (Engineering)

This group of faculty and staff from wide-ranging disciplines meets regularly to discuss the ways in which we develop 'design thinking' in our students; that is, the application of processes and methodologies associated with design to identifying, framing and solving problems (or creating experiences) in any domain or realm.

Standards-Based Grading
Joshua Bowman (Mathematics & Statistics)

Teaching with Objects
Kiki Smith (Theater)