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Fall 2007 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Engaging Community for Learning:
Making Connections for Your Classroom and Campus, Your Students and Colleagues

Friday, August 17, 2007
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Community in higher education provides connections across classrooms, disciplines, and curricula. Learning communities, both student and faculty, foster increased retention, rate of intellectual development, and civic contributions. The safety and support provided by a community enable risk taking and the achievement of both individual and team objectives. Evidence shows that learning community approaches can provide "deep learning," and they support us to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new approaches to learning and teaching.

More specifically, what is community and how might it help you achieve some of your course learning objectives? Beyond the classroom, what are ways that learning communities help achieve student, faculty, and institutional learning objectives? This workshop will provide opportunities to reflect on these questions, examine evidence of success, and consider ways to engage learning communities that can benefit your students, colleagues, and institution.

Tentative Agenda:

  Morning Session   Afternoon Session
Check-in and Refreshments
Overcoming Challenges and Seizing Opportunities to Build Community
Overview of Engaging Community for Learning
  Building Community in the Classroom
Refreshment Break
Interactive/Active Learning Segment
What About Us? How Building Community for Faculty and Professional Staff Builds Community in Our Classrooms and Increases Learning
  Student Learning Communities
Refreshment Break
Engaging Community to Develop the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning   Interactive/Active Learning Segment
Presentation of Certificates and
  Interactive/Active Learning Segment   Workshop Evaluation

About Milton D. Cox:

Milton D. Cox is Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Miami University, where he founded and directs the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching , and facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars faculty learning community. Milt also is project director of a FIPSE grant establishing faculty learning community programs on other campuses and is co-editor of the book, Building Faculty Learning Communities . He incorporates the use of student learning portfolios and Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences in his mathematics classes. He is recipient of the C.C. MacDuffee Award for distinguished service to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, and a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development.

Registration Information:

This workshop is open only to NIU faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Please register early. Provide your name, title, department, phone, NIU email address, and special accommodations if needed. Please contact the Center if you do not receive a response or an email confirmation of your registration within two working days.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 13, 2007 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2007

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 7/14/2014