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Introducing the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (TLCoP)

Purdue West Lafayette instructors can join the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (TLCoP) — pronounced "teel-cop"— a newly formed community dedicated to exploration, discussion, and creation that improves teaching and learning at Purdue.

While resources exist across campus for instructors to learn more about teaching or to refine their pedagogical practice, TLCoP serves an important peer learning opportunity for Purdue instructors who are passionate about teaching. TLCoP meetings offer instructors the unique opportunity to come together in an ongoing, flexible, and supportive environment to engage in conversation about a range of teaching and learning issues. In conversation with other instructors from across a range of disciplines, at various stages in their academic careers, and with different kinds of experiences in the classroom, instructors collectively explore new pedagogical ideas and strategies that they can incorporate into their courses. If you have attended ALCoP meetings in the past, you will find TLCoP to similarly focus on exploring relevant pedagogical issues in a communal setting.

TLCoP's inaugural faculty facilitator is Dr. Lindsay Hamm, lecturer in the Department of Sociology and 2021 Excellence in Instruction Award for Lecturers winner. Hamm typically teaches large-enrollment sociology courses for early-year undergraduate students. In her eight years as an instructor, Hamm has found numerous ways to create student-centered classes:

  • facilitating in-person and online discussions and collaborative work
  • effectively leading important conversations about race, class, and gender
  • encouraging students to become effective and purposeful users of different kinds of information they will encounter online.
As TLCoP's faculty facilitator, Hamm hopes to share the innovative tools Purdue community members are currently developing and to advance conversations about how we can grow as educators from our pandemic teaching experiences.

Lindsay Hamm, lecturer, Department of Sociology

TLCoP is organized by Purdue's Innovative Learning Team, including Purdue Online, the Center for Instructional Excellence, the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, and the Envision Center. Staff members from each of these teams make up the planning committee and lend expertise in pedagogy, educational technologies, information and research support, as well as augmented and virtual reality in the classroom. These committee members are available to advise instructors on additional resources and relevant services related to TLCoP meetings.

TLCoP will host three 60-minute meetings each semester during the academic year. The Spring 2022 schedule will feature the following topics. Please note that all sessions will be held online using Zoom, so please register for each:

Session 1: Innovation Hub Funding Opportunities, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 10-11 a.m.
Are you doing something innovative in your teaching? Do you want to share your ideas with others, strengthen your practices, or possibly receive funding for the work? Join us for the first TLCoP session of the semester, where we will learn more about and begin to workshop ideas for upcoming Innovation Hub funding opportunities. In this session, we will hear from Ed Berger, the inaugural Associate Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Director of the Innovation Hub, about support for projects addressing teaching innovation and scalability. This session is an opportunity to ask questions, gather insights, identify potential partners and support systems, and brainstorm ideas with Ed and others across campus who may submit proposals.

Session 2: Centering Equity and Humanity in Our Teaching, Monday, Feb. 28, 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Innovation Hub determines projects to fund and work based on three core principles: Humanity, Equity, and Transdisciplinarity. TLCoP’s second event of the semester will center on equity and humanity in our teaching. The commitment to equitable pedagogical practices and approaches is a foundational element of enhancing student engagement at scale as part of Transformative Ed 2.0. In this session, we will discuss how equity informs our teaching approaches and the things we do in the classroom, from our learning outcomes to activities/assignments and grading approaches. Representatives from the Innovation Hub will join us to share their knowledge, and we will collectively discuss our ongoing commitment to equity in our teaching.

Session 3: Innovation Hub & Writing Across the Curriculum, Monday, April 4, 12 noon-1p.m.
Writing across the curriculum (WAC) is an evidence-based pedagogy that facilitates student success. WAC and related pedagogies fit well with Innovation Hub’s goal of integrating research into course curriculum, and enhancing student engagement and communication. Writing is part of the embedded learning outcomes identified by the University Senate for all courses. It is also an opportunity for transdisciplinary collaboration with other instructors. Join us in a discussion on how to incorporate writing in courses across the university, including support and innovations available to instructors and students. We will also discuss crafting and assessing both formative and summative writing assignments. You will have time to /make connections with instructors across different majors to explore writing project partnerships.

Please consider joining the TLCoP this fall! As a community of practice, TLCoP is open to any instructors who wish to learn more about teaching and learning and to those who wish to share their experiences with others. Graduate students, faculty, instructional support staff, or anyone who is passionate about teaching is welcome to attend any and all meetings. We're thrilled to have you and to learn from one another!

For any questions, please reach out to TLCoP's staff facilitator, Rachel Fundator.

Meet the TLCoP Team
Lindsay Hamm, Faculty Facilitator and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology
Rachel Fundator, Staff Facilitator and Information Literacy Instructional Designer, LSIS
Karen Neubauer, Assistant Director for Special Projects, CIE
Amy Haston, Educational Technology Consultant, Purdue Online
Kate Kozikowski, Educational Technology Advisor, Purdue Online
Maddisen Sharpe, UX Designer, Purdue Envision Center and master's student in User Experience (UX)