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Learning Communities

Learning Communities are informal discussion groups that meet periodically to discuss a topic of common interest. Group members set meeting times and topics. Groups can be formed or disbanded at any time, following the interests of group members. UCET serves as the contact point and provides support for the groups.

Interested in being part of a learning community? Have a topic of interest and would like to find a group to discuss new ideas? Contact UCET!


Reading Groups

UCET periodically hosts reading groups were faculty and professional staff get together to discuss a book that impacts the learning environment. We will be starting a new book soon so be sure to check back for updates!

Spring 2014 Book: 

Are you interested in finding out about practical ways to help students learn more effectively?

Do you lack time to glean through the huge number of studies available to find out which strategies result in optimal learning?

Good news! Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek (the 2015 SoTL conference speaker) have already summarized the most critical findings in a very easy-to-read, practical book entitled: The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your Brain. 

Although designed for students, this book will help faculty plan instruction and share learning strategies with their classes. 
It is particularly useful for those teaching freshmen. 

Join Firm Faith Watson, Instructional Designer, University Center for Excellence in Teaching, in a book group to discuss the implications of the practical insights presented in Terry and Todd’s path-breaking book.

Tuesday meetings at 4:00 pm in Northside 229:

  • February 24th
  • March 10th
  • March 24th
  • April 7th

The first 7 individuals to register will receive a free copy of the book!

Fall 2013 Book: Teaching Naked by Jose Antonio Bowen. Please contact UCET (ucet@iusb.edu) if you are interested in participating, so we can find a good meeting time. The first four members will receive a free copy of the book!


Bending Games to Your Educational

Joel Langston of Instructional Media Services and Kael Kanczuzewski in UCET host a learning commnuity to discuss gaming and technology in the classroom. Topics will range from creating games, gaming the classroom environment, and using games to demonstrate course material. Other possible topics will include:

  • Smartphone and tablet use in teaching
  • "Show and tell" of technology currently being used by you or a fellow faculty member
  • Helping participants of the Learning Circle find ways in which to creatively use games for their class
  • Envisioning the future of games and the role in education

Currently, we are gathering interest in the group! If interested, contact Kael (kakanczu@iusb.edu) and/or Joel (jblangs@iusb.edu) and let us know of any topics of particular interest.


The "Flipped Classroom"

How can you flip your classroom, moving content (text, lectures) out of the classroom, so that you can use class time for active learning strategies like discussion, debate, problem-solving, etc. Nancy Colborn and Beth Kern will facilitate this group, which will meet every few weeks for as long as people are interested. The first four people to sign up will receive a free copy of "Teaching Naked," an outstanding book that explores how flipped classrooms are one way to meet the pressures facing higher ed. Contact ucet@iusb.edu to sign up. (Members of the summer reading group on "Teaching Naked" are welcome to join us.)

Join a new UCET Learning Community on the Flipped Classroom, starting 8:30a on Wed. October 9, 2013 at UCET!