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.

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 Antiracist  |  Engaging Learners through Zoom   |  Distracted  | 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

Fall 2022 Learning Circles

**Registration for Fall Learning Circles will open August 25th!**


Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education

by Joshua Kim & Edward Maloney 

Thursday 4:00 pm
Sept 15 | Oct 6 | Oct 27 | Nov 17 

Facilitated by 
Julie Lamarra

diversity & inclusion

The First-Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success
by Jeff Davis

Wednesday 9:00 am
Sept 21 | Sept 28 | Oct 12 | Nov 2 | Nov 16 

Facilitated by 
Nate Trauntvein

diversity & inclusion

What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching
by Tracie Marcella Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah A. Mitchell, Mallory E. SoRelle

Thursday 3:00 pm
Sept 22 | Oct 6 | Oct 20 | Nov 3 | Nov 17

Facilitated by 
Rachel Robison-Green


Understanding by Design
by Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe

Wednesday 3:00 pm
Oct 12 | Oct 19 | Oct 26 | Nov 2 

Facilitated by 
Chris Babits

Not Track Specific

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
by Carol Dweck

Thursday 8:00 am
Sept 1 | Oct 6 | Nov 3 | Dec 1 

Facilitated by 
Cache Pitt


Grading Justice: Teacher-Activist Approaches to Assessment
edited by Kristen C. Blinne

Wednesday 3:00 pm
Sept 14 | Oct 12 | Nov 9 | Nov 30 

Facilitated by 
Sharon Lyman


Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind
by Bena Kallick & Allison Zmuda

Tuesday 2:00 pm

Oct 4 | Oct 11 | Oct 18 | Oct 25 | Nov 1 

Facilitated by 
Julia Gossard


Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

Wednesday 10:00 am
Oct 5 | Oct 12 | Oct 19 | Oct 26 

Facilitated by 
Jen Burbank

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?


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


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.