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Learning Communities

As part of the Multimodal Learning initiatives to support faculty teaching online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses, we facilitate an ongoing series of Faculty Learning Community meetings each year. Scroll to the bottom for past recordings.

Spring 2022 Schedule


Title: Part 1 of 2: Applying Universal Design to Facilitate and Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Neurodiverse Students in Higher Education
Presenter: Elise Wulff, M.Ed. from MassGeneral's Aspire, Boston, MA
Date: April 8, 2022

Title: Part 2 of 2: Applying Universal Design to Facilitate and Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Neurodiverse Students in Higher Education
Presenter: Elise Wulff, M.Ed. from MassGeneral's Aspire, Boston, MA
Date: April 29, 2022

Title: Multimodal Feedback: Using Video, Audio, and Written Feedback to Respond to Student Writing
Presenter: Dan Martin, CWU Assistant Professor English
Date: May 13, 2022
Dr. Martin will present student response based findings collected over a period of instruction focused on providing in-class feedback across a variety of modalities including video, audio, and written instructor response. Faculty participants are encouraged to foster a conversation about when and where each response is most appropriate as well as which provide the deepest level of student engagement and encouragement.


Winter 2022 Schedule

Title: Digitizing Artifacts for Online Exploration - CWU Museum Culture and Environment 
Presented by: Lynn Bethke, Museum Collections Manager 
Date: Friday, February 11, @ Noon 
Discover the purpose and process that Lynn employed to preserve and share artifacts from the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment. In this Faculty Learning Community session, we will discuss and explore the potential to incorporate 3D scanned objects into online curriculum and bring 'hands-on' learning to the cloud. 

Title: Enhancing Educational Videos with Open-Source Technology 
Presented by: Nick Zentner, CWU Science Outreach and Education Coordinator for Geological Sciences 
Date: Friday, February 18, @ Noon 
Nick Zentner and Nat Nickel, MML Media Technician, have teamed up to enhance synchronous online teaching with the use of OBS broadcasting software, an iPhone and iPad, a virtual lightboard and tracking cameras. These technologies along with Nick’s teaching style and personality build engagement and community for his online learners. Come see what Nick is doing and explore ways you might incorporate some of these strategies into your own teaching. 

Title: Curricular Applications of Universal Design for Learning 
Presented by: Alena Yaschenkovitch, David Schwan, Jill Clark, Emilie Rollie 
Date: Friday, February 25, 3-4pm 
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Last year, a group of faculty participated in a Community of Practice focused on Universal Design for Learning, led by Chad Schone. Participants completed readings, self-reflection essays, discussions, and an application project. Come learn how the experience impacted the panelists learning philosophy and shaped future teaching practices. 


Fall 2021 Schedule

Title: Facilitating Meaningful Interactions in Any Space: Introduction to Liberating Structures for Synchronous Online Classes
Presented by: Paula Airth, WWU Associate Professor of Design
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Paula Airth presented techniques and experiences for non-traditional lecture sessions and course design for courses which normally emphasize an in-person element for online learners.

Title: A Call to Conversation: The PLA Boost
Presented by: Nicole Cabral, CWU PLA Coordinator
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
For five decades colleges and universities have used several methods to award college credit for learning outside of the classroom-specifically learning from work, life, and military experiences. These methods are often called prior learning assessment (PLA) or credit for prior learning (CPL) and value the learning that many students bring with them to college. Join us to explore PLA best practices and opportunities, while examining the results from Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)'s recent study The PLA Boost. 

Title: Intro to Tilted Teaching
Presented by: Kristine Miller, Lecturer, Family & Consumer Science 
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
This presentation will introduce faculty to Transparency in Learning and Teaching and provide an overview of how to use the “Transparency Framework” (of purpose/task/criteria) in course assignments to help students understand the “why” behind course activities, with the goal of increasing student engagement, motivation, and enhancing student success equitably.

Title: Humanizing Online Teaching as a Pathway to Equity
Presented by: Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Faculty Mentor in the California Community College System
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, Pacansky-Brock coordinates professional development in support of quality online teaching and learning and is leading an intersegmental California Learning Lab grant project that will examine the impact of humanized online instruction on diverse students in undergraduate online STEM courses in California.

An industry leader in transformative online pedagogy and student-teacher relationship building, Pacansky-Brock will share her experience with humanizing online courses for better, more holistic student engagement and retention. The presentation will also introduce document, syllabus, and course design fundamentals and tools intended to increase student synthesis and recognition.


Recordings of Past Meetings

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