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Teaching Circles

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 with lunch provided (see below for this semester's dates and locations).

The following are Teaching Circles that are continuing or currently forming for spring 2014with 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 Kevin Shea to discuss it further.

Spring 2014 Dates:

February 14, 2014 (Campus Center Carroll Room)
March 14, 2014 (Neilson Browsing Room)
April 18, 2014 (Campus Center Carroll Room)

Blended/Online Learning
Mary Murphy (Mathematics & Statistics)
Joseph O'Rourke, Associate Provost

The Blended/Online 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.


Open Conversation

One potential topic suggested last year is writing letters of recommendation. We encourage you to discuss this and any other topics on your mind.


Diversity in the Curriculum - WILL NOT MEET APRIL 18

Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

This group will discuss strategies for promoting our students' awareness of how power and privilege function in society. We will exchange ideas on course development, mentoring, teaching approaches, and curricular planning to think about how to clarify and support the College's commitment to diversity in the classroom.


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.