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 2024 Learning Circles

**Registration for Spring Learning Circles will open December 14th!**


Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions
by Matthea Marquart, Lia W. Marshall, Rebecca Yae-Eun Chung, & Kristin Garay

Wednesdays 4:00pm
Feb 7 | Feb 21 | Mar 6 | Mar 20 | Mar 27 

Facilitated by 
Lance Stott

Book Cover - Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

diversity & inclusion

The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal―and How to Set Them Right
by Adam Harris

Tuesdays 10:00 am
Jan 30 | Feb 13 | Feb 27 | Mar 19

Facilitated by 
Chris Babits

Book Cover - The State Must Provide

diversity & inclusion

Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation
by Ebony Omotola McGee and David Omotoso Stovall

Tuesdays 11:00 am
Feb 20 | Mar 5 | Mar 19 | Apr 2 

Facilitated by 
Chris Babits

Book Cover - Black, Brown, and Bruised


Undoing the Grade: Why We Grade, and How to Stop
by Jesse Stommel

Thursday 2:00 pm
Jan 25 | Feb 8 | Feb 22 | Mar 7

Facilitated by 
J.C Sheen

Book Cover - Undoing the Grade


Using a Competency Development Process Model in Higher Education

by Nancy Latham , Johnna Darragh Ernst , Tiffany Freeze , Stephanie Bernoteit 

Thursdays 4:00pm

Feb 1 | Feb 8 | Feb 15 | Feb 22

Facilitated by 
Shelley Arnold

Book Cover - Using a Competency Development Process Model


The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
by Parker Palmer

Thursdays 3:00 pm

Jan 18 | Jan 25 | Feb 1 | Feb 15 | Feb 22

Facilitated by 
Paul Johnson

Book Cover - The Courage to Teasch


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

Wednesdays 4:00 pm

Feb 7 | Feb 14 | Feb 21 | Feb 28

Facilitated by
Luthiene Alves Dalanhese de Almeida

Book Cover - Picture a Professor


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Kimmerer

Monday 11:00 am
Jan 29 | Feb 12 | Feb 26 | Mar 18 | Apr 1

Facilitated by 
Amber Williams

Book Cover - Braiding Sweetgrass

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| Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College | Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning | Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching | Creating Wicked Students

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?


Survey on Canvas

Fill out the Learning Circle Survey 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


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. 



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.