Using the Community of Practice Framework to Develop a More Inclusive Classroom

Olivia Aguilar, Associate Professor, McPhail Center for Environmental Studies, Denison University Contact at: aguilaro@denison.edu   Using the Community of Practice Framework to Develop a More Inclusive Classroom I often hear faculty members talk about the stress of trying to get participation from all students or trying to figure out the… Read More

The PoWEr (Polonium, Tungsten, Erbium) of Learning in Community

Joanne L. Stewart, Professor of Chemistry, Hope College, March 12, 2018 Contact at: stewart@hope.edu This is not a guide for designing a community of practice—those exist (Cambridge, Kaplan, & Suter, 2005; Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002). It is, instead, a story of one community of practice, IONiC. It is being told… Read More

The CTL’s Virtual Learning Communities: Sharing Goals from Diverse Perspectives

Steve Volk, Co-Director, Consortium for Teaching and Learning, GLCA September 10, 2018 Contact at: steven.volk@oberlin.edu Faculty/Staff Learning Communities have been shown to be a key means of building community around a shared desire to address a vexing issue, advance classroom practice, address immediate pedagogical challenges, or consider how to support… Read More

Diversity in the Heartland

By Ric Sheffield, Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology, Kenyon College Contact at: sheffier@kenyon.edu “Diversity” is a term that is widely used in the academy despite the fact that it has a variety of definitions and usages, most of which are directly linked to somewhat loosely-framed goals of particular institutions.… Read More