Innovative Teaching Community

You are invited to join a unique interdisciplinary community, bringing together those who value creating, learning, and experimenting with new teaching approaches. There are two options for participation: Less Intensive (less time consuming) - and - More Intensive (more time consuming). 

Both options provide an engaging experience where you will gain practical tools and best practices for teaching. This program ranges from those with NO experience to those with LOTS of experience.

Teaching LearnShare Bookclub

Spring 2017

(less intensive - less time commitment)

This group will meet four times in the Spring semester for lunch to share ideas and explore concepts from the book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown. In addition, the book author will be invited to meet with the group as well. The individual requirements will be to participate in the LearnShare Lunches and read the book. The dates, times, and location are noted here.

Dates, Times, and Location
Location: BA109 - Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurship



Teaching Innovation Project*

Jan 25 Wed



Feb 22 Wed



Mar 15 Wed



Apr 26 Wed



*Those who wish to participate in the Teaching Innovation Project will meet for an additional two hours.

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Teaching Innovation Project

Spring 2017 to Spring 2018

(more intensive - more time commitment)

In addition to participating in the book club, each member will innovate an aspect of their own class (or classes) to be implemented in the 2017/18 academic year. The project team members will receive professional development funds and collaborate with CFE faculty affiliates and staff, along with being featured in a documentary Profiles in Innovative Teaching by the university. The team member deliverables are outlined by semester below:

Spring Semester 2017

  • Participate in the LearnShare activities. Read the book mentioned above, have lunch, and contribute to the group session.  We will minimize your time commitment by scheduling the next item below to coincide during these dates/times. In short, you will participate in the LearnShare, plus the following activities as part of the Teaching Innovation Project.
  • Collaborate with the group to identify a teaching innovation to be implemented in an existing or new course that you will develop and teach sometime in the 2017/18 academic year (Fall or Spring). This group will also meet an extra two hours for planning and development work on their individual defined innovations. The dates, times, and location are noted here.
  • Attend one Center for Faculty Excellence course / training offered through their professional development catalog. You can choose from any number of offerings that are provided by the CFE.

Summer Semester 2017

  • Attend two progress check-in meetings in-person or online. We will meet to share what we are doing with our innovation, along with other learnings, questions, and requests. The group will identify the specific dates/times for these meetings during Spring of 2017.
  • Attend one Center for Faculty Excellence course / training offered through the professional development catalog. You can choose from any number of offerings that are provided by the CFE.

Fall & Spring Semester 2017/18

  • Implement, evaluate, and report on the teaching innovation. This includes teaching the class(s) utilizing the developed innovation, assessing impact, and presenting on the Teaching Innovation Project at the CFE’s 2018 Teaching & Learning Fair.
  • Join the CFE Innovative Teaching Learning Community. This learning community is the same as the other communities that have been offered by the CFE over the past few years. You will meet in the Fall and Spring. The dates, times, and location are to be determined.
  • Be featured in a short video documentary titled, “Profiles in Innovative Teaching.” The plan is for the documentary to be 7 minutes long and produced in conjunction with visual communications students and the Collab Lab.