During the summer, the CTE sponsors faculty learning communities. Faculty members are chosen through an application process to explore a theme.
Team teaching course development
Suggested Reading: Plank, ed., Team Teaching, Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy.
Development of Conversatio Microlecture material
Development of Writing Intesive Courses
Reading: Bean, Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom; 2nd edition.
Creating learning goals, particularly core courses
Suggested Reading: L. Dee Fink, Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses; 1st edition.
Summer 2010 and Summer 2011
Each group read two core texts on promoting engaged learning in the classroom, reflected on their own teaching techniques and goals, updated their syllabi and assessment tools and discussed how to apply their learning in their fall classes. In the fall members meet to share their classroom experiences and visit each other's classroom to see how the techniques in the reading work in practice. Each group will then give a presentation in the spring to share their insights with the rest of the faculty.