Learning Circles

Learning Circles are collaborative, self-directed groups of instructors interested in a specific topic. Members of a circle lend their unique viewpoints from different disciplines and experience levels to a discussion, building comradery, developing a fuller understanding of their topic, and improving their instructional skills in the courses they teach. Learning Circle participants self-select the group or groups that match their expertise and or interest in improvement, and members of a circle decide when they will meet.

Spring 2023 Learning Circles

**Registration for Spring Learning Circles will open December 8th!**

digital-age 

Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty
by Robert Talbert & Jon Bergmann





Wednesday 4:00 pm
Jan 25 | Feb 22 | Mar 22 | Apr 19 

Facilitated by 
Kelsey Hall


Book Cover - Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty

diversity & inclusion

Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning 
by Jessamyn Neuhaus


Wednesday 12:00 pm
Feb 1 | Feb 15 | Mar 1 | Mar 15 | Mar 29

Facilitated by 
Travis Thurston


Book Cover - Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

evidence-based

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
by Pooja Agarwal & Patrice Bain





Wednesday 1:30 pm
Jan 11 | Jan 18 | Jan 25 | Feb 1 | Feb 8 | Feb 15 |  Feb 22

Facilitated by 
Melanie Chambers


Book Cover - Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning

evidence-based

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
by James Lang






Tuesday 2:00 pm
Jan 31 | Feb 7 | Feb 14 | Feb 21 | Feb 28 

Facilitated by 
Sarah Tulane


Book Cover - Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty


community-engaged

Storytelling for Social Justice (Teaching/Learning Social Justice)
by Lee Anne Bell




Thursday 3:00 pm

 Feb 2|  Feb 9 | Feb 16 | Feb 23


Facilitated by 
Nelda Ault-Dyslin

Book Cover - Storytelling for Social Justice (Teaching/Learning Social Justice)


foundations


Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning

by Gail Rice




Tuesday 3:30 pm

Jan 24 | Feb 7 | Feb 21 | Mar 14 | Mar 28

Facilitated by 
Sepideh Mohammad Raei Naeini

Book Cover - Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning

explore


Exploring how we teach: Lived experiences, lessons, and research about graduate instructors by graduate instructors

edited by Sam Clem


Wednesday 2:30 pm
Jan 25 | Feb 8 | Feb 22 | Mar 15

Facilitated by 
Sam Clem

Book Cover - Exploring how we teach: Lived experiences, lessons, and research about graduate instructors by graduate instructors

explore


The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America
by Jonathan Zimmerman




Wednesday 3:30 pm
Feb 1 | Feb 8 | Feb 15 | Feb 22 

Facilitated by 
Jesse Jones

Book Cover - The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America


Not Track Specific

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently
by Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker


Thursday 8:00 am
Jan 19 | Feb 16 | Mar 16 | Apr 20 

Facilitated by 
Cache Pitt

Book Cover - The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently



Examples of books used in past semesters:

How Humans Learn | Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain | The Missing Course | Blended Course Design Workbook | Ungrading | How to Be an AntiracistEngaging Learners through ZoomDistracted | How we Learn 
| Teaching To TransgressTeach Yourself How to Learn
 | Active Learning Online 
| Teaching Naked TechniquesThe Amateur Hour | Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender

What Will You Takeaway From a Learning Circle?

Watch this example of how participating in an ETE Learning Circle on Hitting Pause impacted the teaching of this amazing group:

Interested in Facilitating a Learning Circle?

1

Questionnaire on Canvas

Fill out the Learning Circle Questionnaire in the ETE Canvas Course about your interests. If you are considering a specific book for use please consider the price, or check to see if it is offered as an eBook through the USU library. If you are planning to facilitate the circle yourself, please review the ETE Learning Circle Facilitator's Guide

 
2

Work with ETE

Discuss with ETE what meeting days and times would work best for you and your group, how to acquire materials, number of participants, possible activities, and more. 

 
3

Discussion

Remember, you are not expected to be an expert on this subject! It is more important to have an open mind surrounding your topic, and a desire to lead a discussion to learn and improve together.