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
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.
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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: Student Belonging in Our Teaching, Tuesday, March 1 from noon-1p.m.
TLCoP’s second event of the semester will center on the concept of belonging, and connections to learning and teaching. Purdue defines a sense of belonging as “the extent to which students agree that they are a member/part of and are valued/supported by the campus community, and that they are respected and can be themselves at Purdue University.” Belonging is a construct that has been a focus for many units on Purdue’s campus, including the recent renaming of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. During this session, we will discuss ongoing efforts and how belonging is measured at PWL. There will be time to explore this data and how belonging can inform our instruction, our classrooms, and the messages we send to our students.

Session 3: Creating transdisciplinary learning experiences using WAC, Monday, April 4, 12 noon-1p.m.
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This session will explore how Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) instructional strategies can be used to address writing within curricula and promote or create transdisciplinary experiences like those prioritized by the Innovation HubThe session will begin with Harry C. Denny, professor of English and director of the Writing Lab, and Case Tompkins, senior lecturer, Lyle School of Civil Engineering, sharing their expertise and experiences with WIC to improve student learning, and how instructors can leverage resources at (or beyond) PWL to incorporate writing into their courses. Participants will then have time to discuss how WIC strategies are or might help their students practice and hone their writing skills throughout their academic careers.

Session 4: PWL syllabus guidelines for instructor and student success, Wednesday, April 27, 12 noon-1p.m.
TLCoP’s final Spring 2022 session will explore PWL syllabus guidelines for instructor and student success. Efforts are underway at PWL to review syllabus guidelines and processes for review, updates, and distribution. This includes goals and criteria for syllabi that support transformative undergraduate education and other key initiatives related to student success. Such a framework would address the needs of instructors and students, colleges and departments, and of the institution and its fields of study. Some people will be on-hand to share updates on syllabi transformation efforts and answer questions, but we plan to spend most of our time listening to what instructors and students need and want.

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)