Academic Learning Communities

One of the strategic goals of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is to foster a community of teacher-scholars. We do this through a variety of services and programs, but the heart of much of our community-building comes from our learning communities.

An academic learning community is a diverse group of faculty and instructional staff, drawn from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, that engage in active and collaborative activities focused on a topic of shared interest, sustained across an academic semester (or longer).

Current Academic Learning Communities:

  • Learning about Learning: An ALC focused the latest research and practice in student learning. Come be a part of the tradition and part of an on-going cohort of colleagues from multiple disciplines. View more information about Learning About Learning. 

Meetings will be the following dates and times: 

2/16/18 HEND RM 308 3:30p - 5p

3/23/18 HEND RM 308 3:30p - 5p

4/20/18 HEND RM 308 3:30p - 5p

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:Want to know more about taking your teaching up a notch or even taking it to the world?  Join the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academic Learning Community this year.  Join us as we take a practical, step-wise approach to creating a SoTL project this year.  This workshop-formatted Academic Learning Community will meet the needs of SoTL novices to SoTL experts. 

Meetings will be the following dates and times:


  • Critical Thinking

Meetings will be the following dates and times:

12/7/18  Volpe RM 117   12p - 1p

  • Academic Writing: This learning community will be most helpful to those who have a writing/presentation project coming up. If you are writing for publication (journal article, book, chapter, etc) or presentation (conference, workshop, etc) then this ALC will help you develop good writing habits, keep you on track, and give you a finished project by the end of the spring semester.

Meeting will be the following dates and times:


  • Digital HumanitiesMembers of this ALC will explore how digital tools and computational methods can advance the way we construct knowledge in the humanities. Short theoretical readings will frame our discussions and guide us as we gain hands on experience with three approaches to data. We will learn how to build digital maps, how to construct a social network graph, and how to analyze large collections of data. Our goal will be to learn how to apply digital tools and methodologies thoughtfully so that we can integrate them into our instruction and/or research. All experience levels are welcome.

2/9/18 Volpe RM 248 11a - 12p


  • Graduate Students: This learning community is a collaborative network of graduate students that provides support, resources, and ideas related to teaching and learning in higher education.

2/1/18  Volpe RM 117  11a - 12p

2/22/18 Volpe RM 117 11a - 12p

3/15/18  Volpe RM 117 11a - 12p

4/5/18    Volpe RM 117 11a - 12p

4/26/18   Volpe RM 117 11a - 12p

  • Gameful Learning ALCThis learning community will look at what makes games, video and otherwise, so appealing and how we as educators can bring some of those traits to the classroom. Members will participate in roundtable discussions, attend the Gameful Learning workshop, and potentially implement a new strategy in their classroom. This ALC is open to any faculty, staff, and graduate students looking to discuss the importance of games in education. If you are interested in finding out more information about this ALC, please contact James Alexander at

2/10/18 Volpe RM 112  10a - 3p

2/15/18 Volpe RM 113C  11a - 12p

  • COIL(Community of Instructors and Lecturers)Members of this learning community will be lecturers and instructors (tenured/tenure track and non-tenure track) across campus with a primary interest in improvements and innovations related to pedagogy.

2/23/18 Volpe RM 113C 2:30p - 3:30p

    • Please join for a series of interdisciplinary conversations about the boundaries and intersections between the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Learn more about teaching, research, ideas, practices, and inspirations from your colleagues across campus in a series of informal, scholarly exchanges. Alchemy will have its first meeting in the Fall, but interested members are welcome to join the group’s social media site. If you’d like to take part, please contact Amanda Gragg ( for your copy of the book and to be added to the communications.