Winter 2020 Learning Communities
Each learning community of 6-12 members spends a term focusing on a question, set of problems, or area of interest. Members deepen their knowledge in the chosen area by interacting on an ongoing basis through a series of seminars. Seminars take place on a bi-weekly basis, and may include reading relevant literature, discussing case studies or personal experiences, developing resources or other scholarship, attending events or conferences, and social gatherings.
Applications for Winter 2020 are now closed. Stay tuned for Spring 2020 Learning Communities and contact [email protected] with any questions.
Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
Are you interested in Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in education? Join this learning community to share your experiences, hear from others, and explore the research on teaching and learning with these technologies. We will connect to campus resources and establish a network to support using these tools effectively in our own teaching and research.
As the identities and needs of Dartmouth students continue to evolve, so too do the demands on faculty and staff to adjust their practice in order to create a campus culture that values diversity. In this learning community, we will explore the practical aspects of inclusive education, and apply these principles in the context of our own courses, research, and community interactions. Possible discussion topics (to be chosen by the participants) include student accessibility, culturally responsive teaching, marginalized communities, first-generation college students, and universal design, among many more.
The Faculty-Student Relationship
A community of successful Dartmouth faculty reported recently that knowing and caring for one's students is the key to effective teaching. What successes and challenges have you found in relating to your students? What fosters these connections, and what hinders them? What do students need, and how can you find out? Join this learning community to explore the faculty-student relationship and its impact on teaching and learning.
The physical environment, including the classrooms where we teach, have an impact on the type and quality of teaching and learning that happen there. Ideally, the classrooms we're assigned match well with our goals, but due to time and space constraints, this isn't often the case. While classroom renovations and redesigns are underway at Dartmouth, the trajectory is long, and the majority of classrooms remain suboptimal. How can we make the most of the spaces and systems we have in the meantime? How might articulating a common lexicon of teaching practices improve the classroom request process? How can we hack our learning spaces to maximize their potential? In this learning community, we'll tackle these questions and more as we continue to develop the Dartmouth Design Principles for Learning Spaces framework.
Contact DCAL for more information about the Winter 2020 Learning Communities.