Upcoming Learning Communities and Book Clubs

Jan 14

Digital Design & Fabrication AppLC

Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:30pm to Friday, May 13, 2022 - 5:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

The Digital Design and Fabrication Learning Community is a group of faculty and staff exploring the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and digital design software applications used for teaching and design, visualization, and fabrication. The group was initially called Generative Design and was focused solely on the use of Rhino3D and Grasshopper3D prior to 2020 and had primarily been composed of Fine Arts and Applied Design Faculty and Staff.
Learning Communities
Jan 24

Active Learning Classrooms AppLC

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 2:00pm to Monday, April 25, 2022 - 3:30pm
TBD- Various Active Learning Classrooms on Campus

This Learning Community series is focused on practical teaching strategies to use in an Active Learning Classroom. Participants are invited to read and discuss the book "Active learning: A practical guide for college faculty." M Weimer - 2017 - Magna.
Learning Communities
Jan 24

Building Reflection into STEM AppLC

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 3:00pm to Monday, April 25, 2022 - 4:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Students in STEM classes know they are solving difficult problems, yet they are often less aware of the complex analytical skills that they simultaneously acquire. Furthermore, many traditional STEM assignments favor computational approaches, which may encourage students to focus on memorization and imitation thereby avoiding conceptual connections vital to STEM learning. Student reflection makes this higher-order thinking visible and strengthens connections and expertise across courses and disciplines.
Learning Communities
Jan 25

Getting Started with Team-Based Learning AppLC

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 2:00pm
Online in Zoom

Team-Based Learning is an evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise. A course will typically cover 4 - 5 modules in one semester. 
Learning Communities
Jan 28

Book Club: Digital Minimalism

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 25, 2022 - 1:00pm
Online in Zoom

We’ve spent the last year and a half amping up the technology in our lives, hopefully for the better. But most of us would probably agree that some of the frazzle and fatigue we feel is coming from our increased screen time and the blurring of work-life balance lines. It’s nice to have learned some more flexible ways to work, but it comes at a cost. We’ve suddenly filled our metaphorical shopping buggy with all the technical things. Is it time to sort through and put some of them back on the shelf, for ourselves, and maybe even for our students?
Book Clubs
Jan 31

Presentation and Presence AppLC

Monday, January 31, 2022 - 3:00pm to Monday, April 18, 2022 - 4:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

A Learning Community focused on exploring a variety of technologies to support presentation and presence in teaching both online and in the classroom. We have been exploring Chat-Bots, Voice Assistants, Video Conferencing and related tools such as OBS (Open Broadcast Studio). Registration Link This AppLC will meet on Mondays from 3:00-4:30pm on the following days: January 31, 2022February 21, 2022March 21, 2022April 18, 2022
Learning Communities
Feb 4

Book Club: Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00pm to Friday, May 6, 2022 - 1:00pm
Online in Zoom

Are you feeling burned out from carving out time for grading student work, providing meaningful feedback, and collecting data for assessment? Specifications Grading maybe your answer. This spring we invite all members of our education community here at AppState regardless of discipline or rank, as well as those who train or advise those who teach to join us as we explore Linda B. Nilson's Specification Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time.
Book Clubs
Feb 23

Book Club: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 4:00pm
Online in Zoom

Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. Registration Link Book: "Subtle Acts of Exclusion How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions", by Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran
Book Clubs