Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2751
cetl@oakland.edu

Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Participate in Learning Communities

The 2018-2019 Learning Communities are now available, which include four exciting opportunities for faculty and staff (listed below). Sign up to join the LC, and the facilitator will reach out to you in the summer or fall to plan the possibilities. For questions, please contact CETL Director Judy Ableser (ableser@oakland.edu). More about Learning Communities and Proposals

Current Learning Communities

Supporting Students' Emotional and Behavioral Health
Facilitators: Cindy Carver, Teacher Development & Educational Studies (carver2@oakland.edu) and Katie Jostock, CAS Advising (jostock@oakland.edu)

This Learning Community (a continuation of last year's LC) will

  • help faculty strengthen their understanding of and response to the unique mental and emotional needs of OU students
  • establish connections among participants and campus student support services
  • apply principles discussed to interactions with students.

As mental, emotional, and learning needs of North American college students continue to rise annually and often exacerbate during the formative years of 18 and older, it is imperative for all in higher education to develop supportive interventions within the classroom to cultivate student success.

Open to: Faculty/Staff/Grad Students

Creating and Sustaining Productivity as an Early-Career Scholar
Facilitator: T.J. Jourian, Organizational Development (tjjourian@oakland.edu)
This Learning Community will:
  • form a support and accountability group
  • create and practice a productive and sustainable scholarship practice
  • discuss and address shared challenges in scholarly endeavors
In order to thrive in academia, faculty need to maintain scholarly productivity. However, without intentional planning and strategies – particularly during the academic year – the pressures of teaching and service on our time make this harder to sustain. Staff who see themselves as scholar-practitioners feel those time pressures even more so, given their daily jobs and the need to carve out time outside of their regular responsibilities. This Learning Community will bring together faculty and staff to create a community willing to learn together and support each other through their espoused scholarly goals.
Alliance for International Student Support
Facilitator: Melissa Vervinck, ESL Institute (mevervi2@oakland.edu)

This Learning Community will

  • create a network of educators from a variety of departments to discuss and explore ways to foster a positive learning environment for both domestic and international students
  • explore and develop an understanding of the various cultural and educational backgrounds of the international student population at Oakland University
  • develop teaching techniques and practices for working with culturally diverse population as well as with English learners
The goal of this learning community is to develop a global perspective in order to better understand our world, our students and ourselves. As we bring international students to our campus and the world in general becomes more interconnected, we commit ourselves to providing an environment of engagement and enrichment, in which international students may thrive and domestic students, as well, may benefit. Through exploration and expansion of our cultural knowledge and culturally responsive teaching practices, this learning community seeks to facilitate the integration of international students into the Oakland University community and to provide every opportunity for their academic, personal and occupational success.

Open to: Faculty/Staff/Grad Students

Promoting Student Success in Gateway Courses
Facilitator: Krista Malley, Office of Student Success (khmalley@oakland.edu)

This Learning Community will

  • provide cross functional discussions about gateway courses (large, introductory or foundation courses)
  • share success practices from faculty using strategies in gateway courses
  • discover the latest promising practices for student persistence in gateway courses

Open to: Faculty/Staff/Grad Students

Past Learning Communities